I delight in good data, beautiful ideas, and gorgeous design. Over the past ten years, I have specialized in environmental science, journalism, and social media. My search for the best available research on effective communication has convinced me that true, personal stories are powerful. In my workshops, coaching, speaking, and writing, I’m always exploring how ideas flow among people. I would love to hear from you.
Assistant Director of Science Outreach
2008 - 2015
COMPASS is dedicated to helping scientists to better engage in the public discourse about the environment. My work helped researchers build the communication skills, social networks, and knowledge of journalism and policymaking that they need to engage effectively. I specialized in connecting scientists to tradition and social media, and focused on designing and leading commuication workshops for faculty across the country.
International Coral Program Manager
2006 - 2008
SeaWeb is an international conservation nonprofit organization that uses social marketing techniques to promote ocean conservation. Highlights included:
Working with fashion industry partners including The Tiffany Foundation to launch a consumer campaign for coral conservation, Too Precious to Wear.
Proposing a CITES Appendix II listing for pink and red coral and giving supporting science testimony at the CITES 13th Conference of Parties at The Hague.
Leading press operations for the 2008 International Coral Reef Symposium, including a journalist fellowship, the pressroom, press briefings, and social events.
Asia Pacific Program Associate
2005 - 2006
SeaWeb’s Asia Pacific Program works with communities and scientists in the Pacific Islands to help experts share their knowledge with the local media. My work included:
Creating The Sea Series: a Crash Course in Marine Science for Journalists in Suva, Fiji and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Building a formal partnership with FLMMA (Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network).
2002 - 2005
MA in Ecology and Evolution
Advisor: Dr. Gil Rosenthal
University of Maryland.
1998 - 2002
BA in Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Ken Paynter