Claire Freimark


Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine (expected 2025)

B.S., Mathematical Biology and Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity, University of Michigan (2019)


I study soil volatile organic compound emissions and biology education research.


Claire got her bachelor’s degrees in Mathematical Biology and Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity from the University of Michigan, where she studied diseases in Daphnia. After undergrad, Claire headed to UCI to pursue a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is currently a student in Dr. Celia Faiola’s lab, where she studies soil volatile emissions and conducts pedagogical research. Outside of research, she enjoys crocheting, reading, hiking, and hanging out with her two cats.

Why is science communication important to you personally?

I believe that effective science communication is necessary for conducting good science. As scientists, we should strive to use our research to improve society, the environment, and the world around us as a whole. Our science cannot have an impact on people if they are unable to understand it! Scientific papers can be confusing, full of difficult-to-understand details and technical jargon. By successfully communicating our research in more digestible ways, we can make it accessible to a wider and more diverse audience and broaden its impact!

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