I’m the education and outreach manager for Hot2Cold Vents, an interdisciplinary effort funded by the National Science Foundation to understand the microbial communities that make up hydrothermal vent ecosystems. The project includes 2019 and 2020 research expeditions to study vents at 9°50’N on the East Pacific Rise with H.O.V. Alvin, a three-person submersible used to explore the deep ocean.
During the first expedition (March 25-April 24, 2019), our efforts reached nearly 800 students in grades 6-12 through ship-to-shore calls. I also took over the AGU Instagram account and wrote a blog about expedition activities.
I taught a workshop on the basics of science communication to the 19 grad students, postdocs, and faculty who participated in the National Science Foundation-funded Early Career Seismic Chief Scientist Training Cruise on the R/V Roger Revelle in September 2017.
I also sailed on the expedition, mentoring these early career scientists and managing education and outreach. The researchers published their work on the expedition website and some of their posts were published on the AGU fieldwork blog. We also took over the AGU Instagram account: Check out #SeismicECS for expedition photos.
Investigating the Atlin Ophiolite
In 2016 and 2017, I joined geologists and geophysicists for fieldwork in Atlin, British Columbia to investigate the Atlin ophiolite, a slice of the Earth’s oceanic crust and underlying mantle now exposed on land through a glitch in the normal subduction process.
Led by Texas A&M University geophysicist Masako Tominaga, the group is studying the natural carbon sequestration processes that occur in mantle rocks.
Each year, I wrote a series of blog posts about our field experience for the American Geophysical Union (AGU); I also took over the AGU Instagram account and shared fieldwork photos — check out #Atlin16 and #Atlin17 on social media to see what we got up to.
Art + Science in Peru
In October 2014, I participated in Hawapi, a 10-day arts and sciences project held at 14,500 feet in the Peruvian Andes. I helped create and implement outreach activities for the program, including a takeover of the International Center of Photography Instagram account.
Images courtesy of Maxim Holland.
Climate Models Calendar
This ain’t your father’s climate science.
My colleague and I produced a 2014 wall calendar featuring Columbia University climate scientists and their research. Each month, the calendar features one of these renowned scientists in a portrayal of their interests and work. Think something like a NYC Firefighters Calendar, but with much less skin. Our goal was to increase awareness of climate science by engaging the public with researchers and what they’re learning about Earth’s climate.
Images provided by Charlie Naebeck. All rights reserved.
Why Did You Want to be a Climate Model?
Wall Street Journal Weather Blog
I wrote a daily column for The Wall Street Journal covering weather and climate happenings in the Greater New York area. This column ran online in the WSJ Metropolis section from July 2013 through September 2014.
In the Arctic
In May 2013, I joined marine ecologists Andy Juhl and Craig Aumack for two weeks of fieldwork in Barrow, Alaska to study algae that live and just below Arctic sea ice. I assisted with fieldwork and designed outreach activities that shared their research through a website and blog, Reddit Ask Me Anything and a talk with Barrow community members. I presented what we learned from our Reddit experience at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting.
Investigating Life in Arctic Sea Ice
Across the Southern Ocean
I designed and implemented education and outreach activities for two five-week research cruises in the Southern Ocean. These occurred in 2011 and 2012 as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Great Southern Coccolithophore Belt project. An international group of oceanographers sailed from Chile to South Africa, and then South Africa to Australia investigating a large phytoplankton bloom that appears in the Southern Ocean during the austral summer.
For each expedition I created a website with a blog and related multimedia outreach activities. More than 600 students followed our expeditions and the website was visited nearly 10,000 times from approximately 5,000 unique visitors. The results of these outreach efforts were presented at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting.