As the New York Aquarium’s outreach coordinator, Molly Adams designs and delivers hands-on marine conservation programming to New Yorkers throughout the city’s five boroughs. When she’s not writing inquiry-based curriculum she can be found hanging out with horseshoe crabs, leading climate change conversations in classrooms, and taking bird surveys with students along the Hudson River.
Adams is also the founder of the Feminist Bird Club, which held its first bird walk in Brooklyn in October 2016 and was recently featured in the New York Times. This club acts as a safe way for birders of all backgrounds and gender identities to get outdoors in urban areas while fundraising for basic human rights. There are now chapters in Boston, Chicago, and Buenos Aires—with more in the works.
While completing her master’s degree in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University, she escaped New York momentarily and designed ArcGIS Storymaps for NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas program in Monterey, California. Adams spent her undergraduate years studying natural history museums and their ability to visually display ecological relationships at the Pratt Institute.
In her spare time, she enjoys voluntarily waking up at 3 a.m. to band birds for conservation science, being outside as much as possible (especially on or near an ocean), and hanging out on the fire escape with her abnormally beautiful cat, Rocky.