Irene Liu


Story Researcher/Associate Producer

I use my training in evolutionary and conservation biology to research and produce visual media for bird and habitat conservation. With the Lab’s filmmakers and partners, I help create media targeted to audiences that play key roles in biodiversity protection. I find meaning in developing pieces that are science-based, socially sensitive, and directed toward specific conservation efforts.

I am also passionate about diversity in science and using the narrative power of media to build a more inclusive community.


Ph.D., Biology, Duke University
B.S., Zoology, University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park


In eighth grade, my classmates and I were interviewed by a major news channel for a discussion on TV guidelines and parental controls. I remember arguing against censorship, because if we stopped nature programs from showing footage of animals fighting, eating, and mating with each other, then they wouldn’t be educational anymore. My response was never aired.

Sixteen years later, I earned my Ph.D. studying the mating systems, molecular evolution, and conservation genetics of New World blackbirds. I’m still a fan of science outreach, and now I get to do both research and communication for my job.

Irene Liu
Center Conservation Media

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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library