Meet Corina Newsome — The Self-Described Hood Naturalist
As a podcaster, I get to do two things I really love:
- Spend a lot of time alone in my study with headphones on listening to really smart people
- Meeting really cool people who give me a lot of hope for the future
With Corina Newsome I got to experience both in abundance. She appears in episode 30 of Citizens Climate Radio — What Does the Bible Say about Climate Change? In addition to interviewing Corina on-line and then spending several delightful hours editing what she shared, I also got to meet up with her a few months later in Charleston, SC. Together we spoke about Faith, Race, Justice, and Climate Change.
Recently transitioning from her career as a zookeeper, Corina Newsome is currently a graduate biology student at Georgia Southern University, specializing in avian conservation. Corina earned her B.A. in Zoo and Wildlife Biology from Malone University (OH) in 2015, and since graduating, has founded several programs to encourage ethnic and socioeconomic minority high school students to consider careers in wildlife science.
Corina grew up in downtown Philadelphia and has always had a desire to participate in, and advocate for, the protection of wildlife and natural spaces, and encourage minorities in the U.S. to explore the great outdoors.
Corina maintains a blog Hood Naturalist–From the Hood, to the Zoo, to the Marsh. I have been encouraging university sustainability programs to bring Corina to campus because she helps draw people into discussions about faith, race, nature, and biology in a compelling and deeply thoughtful way.
She is also willing to break into song if it will help communicate science