Abigail (“Abby”) is the Senior Administration & Science Communication Officer for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS). She is a mix of Niitsítapi (Blackfeet), Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), and white. Hils' research and work focus on catalyzing and sustaining systemic change and transformation to achieve inclusive and equitable access in the STEM workforce. Her areas of expertise are community/collaborative science (she refers to as c*science), making science accessible and inclusive (language, disability, and gender identity), and ecological monitoring methodologies. She also advises several organizations on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusive practices, culture, and policies.
Previously, she was the Program Associate of the Inclusive STEM Ecosystems for Equity & Diversity at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in Washington, D.C. She also has worked in a number of non-profits including Sea Grant coordinating the graduate research and professional post-graduate fellowships and professional development programs, Education Manager for Sea Star Base Galveston, Adjunct Faculty for the Council for International Educational Exchange - Bonaire, and Science and SCUBA Instructor for the Seacamp Association, Inc. in the Florida Keys.
Abigail holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and B.Phil. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University (OH). In her free time, she volunteers with various community science activities like water quality monitoring, fish and coral counts, and benthic habitat analyses.