Jaleigh Pier is an invertebrate paleontologist working as a research assistant on a Florida oyster conservation paleobiology project at the Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, NY. She completed a BS in both biology and geology from St. Lawrence University in 2016. There she worked on a thesis project looking at gastropod body size changes during the last global greenhouse of the Eocene of Antarctica and the cooling transition to the ice ages. Jaleigh then went on to complete a Masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut studying brachiopod selectivity in the Appalachian Basin through the first pulse of the Devonian mass extinction. While at UConn, Jaleigh became involved with several science communication courses, helping to train undergrads to write in laymen’s terms with blogs and visual projects for the course Scientific Writing in Physiology and Neurobiology, and various outreach opportunities connecting with K-12 classrooms. Her interests revolve around climate change, mass extinctions, paleoecology, conservation paleobiology, and science communication.