February 29: Susanne Moser, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting & Stanford University
Susanne Moser, Ph.D., is Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting in Santa Cruz, California. She is also a Social Science Research Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University and a Research Associate at the University of California-Santa Cruz Institute for Marine Sciences. Previously, she served as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; served as staff scientist for climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists; was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Heinz Center in Washington, DC.
Susi’s work focuses on adaptation to climate change, vulnerability, resilience, climate change communication, social change, decision support and the interaction between scientists, policy-makers and the public. She is a geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University) with an interests in how social science can inform society’s responses to this global challenge. She has worked in coastal areas, urban and rural communities, with forest-reliant communities, and on human health issues.
March 7: Dan Grossman, Independent Producer, Dan Grossman Media
Daniel Grossman is an award-winning print journalist and radio and web producer with 20 years of experience. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and a B.S. in physics, both from MIT. He is a 2008 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. He was awarded a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied climate science. He has reported from all seven continents including from within 800 miles of both the south and north poles. He has produced radio stories and documentaries on science and the environment for National Public Radio’s show Weekend Edition; Public Radio International’s show on the environment Living on Earth and news magazine, The World; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Germany’s Deutsche Welle radio; the BBC; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; the documentary show Soundprint; and Radio Netherlands, among other broadcast outlets.
Dan has written for the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Discover, Audubon and Scientific American, among other national publications. He has been interviewed on environmental topics more than a dozen times on national radio programs including The World, Here and Now and Living on Earth. He has produced three extensive micro-websites on environmental topics. He is coauthor of A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists (Rutgers University Press: 2006).
March 21: Gino Del Guercio, Boston University, Boston Science Communications
Gino Del Guercio trained as a television producer at WGBH-TV and has 20 years experience producing and directing national award-winning science documentaries. Since 1989, he has directed the majority of BSC Inc.’s programs and series. He is also an adjunct professor of Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communications, and has over the years trained many young journalists in film making and editing. To Gino, documentary film making is “an exciting and challenging blend of journalism and Hollywood. It requires both the left and right side of your brain. On the one hand films have to be exciting and enjoyable to watch, on the other hand they have to be accurate and meet strict budget and time constraints. It’s also very much of a group effort with dozens of creative people. And when it works well the final product is always far more than the sum of its parts.” Gino’s work has won him an Emmy, a CINE Golden Eagle, an AAAS Journalism Prize and many other awards.
April 11: Nancy Baron, Director of Science Outreach, COMPASS
A zoologist and science writer, Nancy is the Ocean Science Outreach Director for COMPASS. She is also the lead communications trainer for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. In these capacities, she works with environmental scientists helping them translate their work effectively to journalists, the public and policy makers. Nancy holds communications training workshops around the world for academic scientists, graduate students and post docs as well as government and NGO scientists. She has an interdisciplinary Masters degree in Global Marine Studies from the University of British Columbia, a B.Sc. in Zoology and has won numerous science writing awards. In August 2010 Nancy completed a communications guide book for scientists titled Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter (published by Island Press). This book summarizes her ten years of experience working as a personal coach and trainer to many well-known environmental scientists. It includes contributions from her COMPASS colleagues, as well as the voices and experiences of leading journalists and scientists.
Based in the Washington DC office, Meghan works with the COMPASS communications team to coordinate and facilitate trainings that empower scientists to convey their science accurately and succinctly to a broad range of audiences. Before joining COMPASS, Meghan worked as an editorial researcher for National Geographic Traveler Magazine and with the environmentally minded NPR program, Living on Earth. Prior to earning her master’s degree in science journalism at Boston University, she spent nearly three years working aboard commercial fishing boats in New England as a Marine Fisheries Observer. She has also studied the impacts of invasive species on Great Lakes fish communities and the water chemistry of melting permafrost in the arctic tundra. She is an avid scuba diver and has been diving off five continents.
April 25: Christopher Bull, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Engineer, Brown University School of Engineering
Prof. Chris Bull holds degrees in mechanical engineering (Sc.B.), electrical engineering (Sc. M.), and material science (Ph.D.). Chris teaches courses in industrial design, social entrepreneurship, appropriate technology, and sustainable energy. His research includes technology and development, energy systems, and neural implants, and he is co-author of “Appropriate Technology: Tools, Choices, and Implications” and co-editor of “A Field Guide to Appropriate Technology,” both with Barrett Hazeltine.
April 25: Stephanie Moura, Executive Director, SeaPlan
Stephanie led SeaPlan’s launch in 2006 to support development and implementation of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and is transferring that experience to inform ocean planning efforts now underway in the Northeast region and elsewhere. (This organization – SeaPlan – is an independent, not-for-profit organization advancing the practice of science-based, stakeholder-informed coastal and marine spatial planning and was formerly known as the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership). For over 20 years Stephanie has worked on marine and coastal resource policy and management issues in a variety of capacities and has developed complementary expertise in mediation, facilitation and managing multi-stakeholder processes. She earned her B.A. in Marine Biology and Environmental Policy from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.
Prof. Katherine (Kate) Smith earned her PhD in ecology from U.S. Santa Barbara in 2006, and worked with the EcoHealth Alliance as a senior research scientist and David H. Smith Conservation Fellow before coming to Brown in 2008. At Brown she teaches courses in Conservation Medicine and Climate Change and Health, is a faculty affiliate of the Environmental Change Initiative and member of the Global Health Initiative’s Executive Committee. Her current research focuses on disease in the wildlife trade, the role of disease as a driver of species extinction and the geography of human infectious disease. She is the inaugural recipient of the International Association for Ecology and Health’s early career award and has published broadly in journals including Science, The Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Conservation Biology and Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. She lives in Barrington, RI with her husband Dov Sax (also a faculty member in EEB) and her two sons Cormac and Alexander.