RUA PI Profile – Julia Parrish
Julia Parrish, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, College of the Environment, University of Washington
RUA Affiliation: Principal Investigator (PI) of the University of Washington RUA National Science Foundation (NSF) AGEP grant
What is your field of study and why did you choose it?
I work in marine ecology. The ocean covers 3/4 of the world and is the starting point for biological life. It houses the most abundant wild diversity left on earth.
Why did you choose to participate in RUA activities?
When I joined my department, less than 15% of faculty were women and only 1 was indigenous. This lack of diversity was shocking, and I needed to be a changemaker.
What is a highlight of your RUA participation?
Seeing the Research Exchange take off and result in postdoc and faculty offers.
What advice do you have for graduate students or postdocs?
Create a profile in the portal! More generally – don’t be afraid. If you’re on an uncomfortable edge, you’re in the right place.