July 2021 Research Summaries and Sustainability Tips

Updated: Jul 16

Welcome to the complete list of Everblue's research summaries and sustainability tips for the month of July. Keep reading through this blog to learn about LGBTQ+ representation in STEM, Shark Week fun, sea slugs, and more!


In January 2021, two researchers investigated the experiences of people who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields and identify as part of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and more) community. Their study found that in science careers, LGBTQ+ persons tend to experience more marginalization, harassment, and limited opportunities than their non-LGBTQ+ peers.

These negative experiences can also lead to LGBTQ+ persons leaving STEM fields at higher rates. When these skilled and experienced professionals leave, it’s a huge loss for science, especially due to the nature of science that we discussed in our last post: when you have a more diverse group of scientists, you get better science!

For these reasons, it’s so important that we address anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments in science and focus on supporting and uplifting LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM. Check out our next post for a tip on how to help support queer scientists!

RESEARCH // Systemic inequalities for LGBTQ professionals in STEM. Cech and Waidzunas. 2021. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/3/eabe0933

PHOTO // Alex Kydd


In order to move towards the radical kind of ocean conservation we need in our lifetime, we’re going to need everyone involved, with all of our collective perspectives and ingenuity working to protect our seas. This, of course, means that we need to make space for everyone in research. Help us amplify members of the LGBTQ+ community by following @500queerscientists and reading their stories. You can also check out the organizations prideinstem.org and 500queerscientists.com to listen to discussions and find virtual events to attend to learn more. Diverse STEM communities produce better science and provide more equal opportunities for all!

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