Isaac Weston Krone
I consider myself an educator, an evolutionary and comparative biologist and a herpetologist-in-training. I am part of Jim McGuire’s Lab at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. I currently work with reptiles and amphibians as focal taxa for my dissertation, but have worked on many other vertebrate groups in the past, including non-mammalian synapsids, birds, and wrasses. My expertise is in phylogenetic comparative methods and geometric morphometrics techniques.
Though my research is important to me, I believe my most important role as a scientist is to educate and communicate my knowledge with others. Through my teaching, volunteering, and outreach work, I hope to promote a scientific community which includes teachers and students, professionals and non-professionals, and people of all identities and backgrounds. I am committed to anti-racism in teaching, in research, and in life. I have been active in science communication and teaching since my teenage years, when I volunteered at Kenosha Public Museums as a greeter and then as a fossil preparator, and have taught college courses since 2015, first at the University of Chicago and now at the University of California, Berkeley. I continue to teach and I volunteer with Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) and Letters to a Pre-Scientist programs to bring scientists into the lives of grade-school children in under-served schools. I am also a very active contributor of observations and identifications for iNaturalist, a worldwide citizen science biodiversity project.
In addition to my teaching, volunteering, and outreach, I work to improve the lives of academic workers with my union, UAW 2865. I am also part of working groups within the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology focused on digital outreach and specimen repatriation.