For the March For Science, Amplifier commissioned artist and educator Kate DeCiccio to create artwork highlighting three scientific leaders who have positively changed their fields and shown the importance of evidence and fact-based research.

Dr. Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology who teaches at the University of Minnesota. She specializes her research in bees, the importance of their pollination, and the rates at which their populations are declining. Dr. Spivak is a strong advocate for bee preservation and leads the Bee Lab at UMN.

“Every one of you out there can help bees in two very direct and easy ways,” she suggests in her TEDtalk. “Plant bee-friendly flowers, and don’t contaminate these flowers – this bee food – with pesticides.”