Inspiring Powerful Forces for Nature: Interview with Science Communicator Crystal DiMiceli

Episode 106
34m | Apr 9, 2024

I was instantly captivated when I first discovered Crystal DiMicelli's podcast, Forces for Nature. You know that feeling when you find someone who shares your passion and vibe on a level that just feels right? Well, that's exactly what I felt when I tuned in!

You see, Crystal and I share a deep love for conservation and wildlife issues, and like me, Crystal understands that the “doom and gloom” narrative is not the most effective when inspiring change. Instead, on her podcast, she spotlights conservation success stories, expert insights, and even provides listeners with concrete action steps they can take, leaving them feeling energized and empowered instead of hopeless and helpless. In this episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast, I dive into the world of wildlife wins, environmental victories, and effective conservation communication through my interview with Crystal. With her 20 years of experience in wildlife conservation and environmental education, Crystal brings a unique perspective on why staying positive is a game-changer in creating meaningful change.

Since launching her podcast to highlight stories of individuals working to protect animals and habitats, Crystal has inspired countless listeners with her message of optimism and empowerment. From this episode, you'll come away feeling refreshed and ready to take positive action, just as Crystal encourages. Learn simple, everyday choices you can make to shrink your environmental footprint, gain insight into how Crystal overcomes introversion to spread her greater call to action, and get plugged into awesome resources to create change in your community!

Specifically, we discussed:

  • Crystal's journey to becoming a professional science communicator including fieldwork with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • The vision behind Forces for Nature and why she created it
  • Her successful collaborations with various conservation organizations
  • The importance of highlighting success stories in the environmental realm
  • The impactful climate change education program for K-12 and university students she's created  
  • Her favorite podcast episodes that she’s done thus far
  • And MORE!!

Make sure to download Crystal’s free guide: Becoming a Force for Nature so that you don’t become overwhelmed by all the doom and gloom you hear and start taking practical actions today!

I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know ( and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.

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