Our lab is a welcoming environment where scientists of any race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, neurodiversity, or ability can thrive. We recognize that academia, and specifically the aquatic sciences, can be an unwelcoming place for minorities. We also acknowledge that Boston has a long history of racial discrimination and that much of our research takes place on land that was forcibly taken from the Massachusett, Mashpee Wampanoag, Narragansett, Nauset, and Agawam tribes. To this end, we engage regularly in group readings and discussions and mentorship/recruitment/science-sharing activities. We view these activities to be equally as important as our research because racism, prejudice, and implicit bias adversely affect how we do science—and whom this science benefits. Together, we commit to make science more inclusive, equitable, and accessible.
This statement was jointly written by our team.