Hello everyone! 👋 There are a LOT of you who are new, so I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself! Here's a brief thread on me and what content you can expect to find here. 🧵
Firstly! I'm not actually a geologist!
I do love geology dearly and studied it for a while, but my professional/scientific expertise is in the intersections between environmental equity, freshwater ecology, environmental management, hydrology and public health.
Put simply, my scientific mission is this; to keep shit (sometimes literal) out of your drinking water.
This field means that I dabble in a lot of sub-fields that are tangentially related, and have a decent understanding of a wide range of scientific disciplines!
Currently I am working on a project related to managing aquatic invasive species in Pennsylvania.
I also organize and write on a variety of queer history, activism, and trans issues specifically.
A few other things about me that aren't going to change; I am unapologetically queer. I am unapologetically bisexual. I am unapologetically trans. I am unapologetically disabled. I am unapologetically mentally ill.
I believe in being defiantly honest and radically kind.
A few other things that will likely come up -- I have 5 cats, I sign things off with purple hearts, sometimes I wear makeup (my pfp right now is from Pride this year), and I educate, I activate. This means that most of my threads will have action items attached.
I am based in the United States. For those who may not be aware, the United States is currently undergoing the most severe period of anti-trans legislation in history. Most of this is being proposed (and passed) through state legislatures.
If YOUR state has any pigment on this map, legislation that is incredibly dangerous for trans people has been proposed in your state.
A guide to contacting your elected representatives to tell them you do NOT want anti-trans legislation can be found HERE: usa.gov/elected-offici…
Additionally, the Equality Act, which would add LGBT+ individuals to existing Civil Rights Legislation Protections NATIONWIDE has passed the house and is headed to the Senate for a vote. PLEASE contact your senators and tell them to PASS the Equality Act.

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16 Jul
My thread recently made it to the front page of Twitter, and had nothing to do with my transness. I had the same experience.
@Twitter @TwitterSupport Is hate against trans people ever ruled a violation against your policies? Or are you perfectly content to profiteer off of trans creators while not even doing the barest amount to protect us from abuse?
My inbox this morning was full of accusations about my mental state, accusations that I was a child abuser, and more. I reported these messages.
Every. Single. One. Was ruled not in violation of your policies.
Why are trans people not a protected group? @Twitter
Read 5 tweets
15 Jul
Reminder that “transgender” is an adjective, not a noun.
This means someone can be a “transgender person”, not “a transgender”.
@Twitter You may want to correct this in your demographic survey.
Other notes @Twitter:
“Gender non conforming” refers to gender presentation, not gender identity.
“Male” and “female” are sexes, not genders.
Read 4 tweets
15 Jul
Have you ever wondered why we don’t find fossils in the Appalachian mountains?
The truth is, we do, they’re just not the kind of fossils you might think of—there are no mammals, no dinosaurs, no reptiles. There’s something else entirely. 🧵
See, the Appalachian mountains are old. Yes, all mountains are old, but the Appalachian mountains are *incomprehensibly old*.
They mostly look like this, which leads a lot of people to say they’re pretty lame, as far as mountains go. They aren’t dramatic. Image
For those unaware, the Appalachian mountain range extends over what is now the eastern US, reaching up into Canada. Image
Read 31 tweets
14 Jul
The system where you must renew your meds every month, often with doctors “check-ins” is incredibly ableist and classist.
My meds work great as long as I have all of them, but if even one is late my life spirals apart, making it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to keep up with my meds.
Especially when I have 10 different prescriptions with 5 different doctors that all renew on different intervals.
I have ADHD and memory issues from PTSD and I have constant anxiety that I’ve forgotten to refill or pick up something critical. 😥
Read 8 tweets
13 Jul
I got to do science today and I remember how much I *missed* it.
Ableism forced me out of the academy, over and over and over until I was too tired to get back up and try again. Otherwise I would be in grad school now, and I desperately want to be.
I don’t know if I ever can be.
I don’t really have a point here except I guess — be grateful for the opportunities you’ve had. Sometimes it’s difficult on this site to see everyone making jokes about how they wish they hadn’t gone to grad school.
The only posts I see from disabled people about grad school are people under obscene stress, considering quitting, or being biased against for their disability. I don’t know if I can go up against that. It’s hard constantly mourning what could have been.
Read 4 tweets
13 Jul
The OTHER thing behind “gender is a social construct” is that while I’m sure there are people who don’t feel a deep intrinsic connection to their gender, many trans people do. This completely ignores us and in fact, erases us in favor of theorized constructs.
The people who CAN transition without a deep sense of inherent gender (and dysphoria) are overwhelmingly those who are privileged. It’s good that they can get access, but their narrative being the dominant one systematically excludes vulnerable trans people.
Theory is not more important than living, breathing trans people.
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