Giving Thanks

The COMPASS team

We here on the COMPASS team are appreciative of so much: our impactful work, all of you scientists that are eager to engage and anxious to get out in the world, our wonderful teammates, our supporters and donors, the journalists and policymakers who are willing to meet with scientists we connect to them (and the hard questions you ask scientists!), and the whole community of folks working to help connect scientists to society.

We’ll be taking a break from the COMPASS blog this week so that we can appreciate the other great things in our lives that fuel us – our friends, our families, our pets – and we hope you have a great, reflective and restful holiday too! [Read more…]

Straight From The Scientist: Stephanie Hampton

Dr. Stephanie Hampton, Director of WSU’s Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO).

I recently returned from my first two-day, intensive COMPASS communications training at Washington State University (WSU). I had the chance to catch up with the driving force behind the training: Dr. Stephanie Hampton, Director of WSU’s Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO). We chatted about the training, the important contributions scientists can make in informing the public and decision-makers about pressing environmental issues, and the need for institutions to support scientists to engage. [Read more…]

About Us: Kristin Carden


Kristin Carden is COMPASS’ Assistant Director, and in this position she is developing and leading trainings, building bridges between the scientific community and policymakers, and making sure COMPASS is connected to relevant science and scientists across many environmental fields.

Her background reflects her interest in the spaces where environmental science, law, and policy intersect – she has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of Arizona.  Prior to coming to COMPASS, Kristin was a seasonal field biologist for the National Park Service, a Knauss Fellow providing staff support to then-Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator (and COMPASS co-founder) Jane Lubchenco, and most recently an attorney with the Northern Rockies Office of Earthjustice.  Coming to COMPASS, she says, “felt like an unparalleled opportunity to bring all the pieces of my background together – science, law, and policy – and work with an organization that’s operating in that space.” [Read more…]