USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow
Biomechanist, Physiologist, Entomologist
insect wings, hydraulics, flight
Dr. Salcedo has been working on a children's book, re-imagining herself as a kid who actually loved insects (she hasn't always loved bugs!) and if she was paying attention, could hear their conversations. In the meantime she has done illustrative work for a book chapter on gliding animals, other illustrations for her scientific collaborations, and general presentations.
Re-imagining the past
Equipped with a trusty insect net, a lunch box full of adventurer supplies, Mary sings her way through the woods ready to find and talk to insects.
Dr. Salcedo was not always the enthusiastic bug lover she is now. This re-imagining takes into account her autistic identity, and uses her heightened sensory abilities (especially sound) as a way to listen and speak to insects.
It's a story where Little Mary is equipped not only with the tools she needs in the woods, but the language to express herself, even when she's overwhelmed.
Another imaginative example within the story.
A work-in-progress, Dr. Salcedo is excited to finish this story and share it widely.