Julia K. Parrish is an ecologist whose research follows three major routes: marine conservation, seabird ecology, and the ways that fish and seabirds behave when they’re in groups. A committed advocate of citizen science, she is the Executive Director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a project that enlists volunteers all along the U.S. west coast to walk beaches in search of dead birds. Additionally, she is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of the Environment. She holds the Lowell A. and Frankie L. Wakefield Endowed Professorship, has been a Leopold Leadership Fellow, and more recently was one of 12 “Champions of Change.” For this she was invited to the White House to speak on public engagement in science, and scientific literacy.