Inspired by the Harvard Museum of Natural History


Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:15pm


Book cover with text "Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas".

Free Virtual Panel Discussion


Elizabeth Shreeve, Children’s Book Author

Caroline Hu, Postdoctoral Researcher and Cartoonist

Moderated by Felicia Ho, Harvard Undergraduate; President and Cofounder of Storywish

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The Harvard Museum of Natural History inspires college students and life-long learners to explore a myriad of scientific and creative pursuits. In this program, a group of professionals discuss how their experiences in the museum inspired their careers in science communication and storytelling, while they share images and videos of their favorite museum specimens and stories.


Presented in collaboration with the Harvard University Chapter of Storywish, a student-run organization that empowers chronically ill children to read, write, and share their own stories as a part of their Storywish Inspiring Young Authors Program (SWIYA). Visit the Storywish website and learn how to support its initiatives.


To join the program, you will need to download the free Zoom app in advance. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again. For details on how to improve your Zoom experience, visit the How to Attend an HMSC Program webpage

About the Speakers

Children’s book author Elizabeth Shreeve grew up in a family of writers and scientists. She holds an undergraduate degree in Geology from Harvard College, where her studies with professors Stephen Jay Gould and Edward O. Wilson inspired a lifelong love of the natural world. After receiving a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Elizabeth worked in the urban design field before returning to early interests in writing and Earth history. Her latest book is Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas (Candlewick Press, May 2021) for which she is creating videos and activities for kids and classrooms. Upcoming nonfiction books with Norton Young Readers (W. W. Norton & Co.) highlight the evolutionary histories of humans and those fascinating slow movers, the sloths. Elizabeth lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, including Hector the PaleoDog.
Caroline Hu is a biologist, comic artist, and aspiring educator. Her comics are inspired by the lives of other organisms as well as the scientific journey. She has created science-related comics and illustrations for Ginkgo Bioworks, the Conservation Law Foundation, and academic labs. She is also a junior resident at the STEM Advocacy Institute, where she is developing workshops for middle school students to build STEM and visual communication skills by incorporating drawing (or other means of mark making) into the scientific method. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University where she studies the molecular and cellular basis of burrowing behavior in deer mice (genus Peromyscus).