Barbara Spiecker (she, her, hers) is a deaf marine ecologist at UCSB who is broadly interested in scale-dependent responses of marine communities across space and time. She uses mathematical and statistical tools coupled with experiments and field observations to answer questions related to responses of marine communities to climate change and monitoring and management of marine habitats. She is a co-founder of a non-profit, Atomic Hands that focuses on making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) engaging through American Sign Language (ASL), empowering the signing community to develop and deliver engaging STEM topics and encourage networking among deaf STEMists. She has a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Oregon State University, M.S. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University, and a B.S. in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology.