NACCB 2016 Journalist Fellowship

Panelists from the 2014 NACCB Opening Plenary 'Conservation Tapas: Small Bites of Big Issues'

We are very pleased to announce that COMPASS will be supporting travel fellowships for journalists to attend the third biennial North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Madison, Wisconsin this July. The theme for this conference is Communicating Science for Conservation Action, and will emphasize the need for effective communication across communities and fields of practice in conservation science. The 2014 NACCB conference drew over 1,000 participants to Missoula, Montana for field trips, symposia, trainings, workshops and short courses. [Read more…]

About Us: Meg Gilley

Meg with a pyrite specimen at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Meg Gilley is COMPASS’ Policy Engagement Specialist, helping scientists to share their work with policymakers and be part of policy conversations. Meg is based in COMPASS’ Silver Spring, MD office.

Prior to joining the COMPASS team, Meg did marine research from a tall ship and worked for the American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute. She received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and has a particular interest in natural hazards research and community decision-making. Her experiences, she says, got her “thinking that maybe there was a way for me to combine my love of science with my love of people.” [Read more…]

About Us: Amy Mathews Amos

Coming home from the local Farmer's market in West Virginia.

Amy Mathews Amos is a part-time COMPASS Media Outreach Specialist, helping scientists to understand and navigate the world and culture of journalism.

Her broad and varied background at the interface of environmental science and public policy includes time as: an independent consultant for conservation groups and charitable foundations, the Program Director/Vice-President of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute, a policy analyst for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice), and a senior evaluator at the congressional Government Accountability Office. Throughout, Amy’s work has focused on the environment, including freshwater, terrestrial, and marine topics. [Read more…]

Our Stories: Jenna Jambeck – Communicating clearly in the spotlight

Dr. Jenna Jambeck, of the University of Georgia. Photo Credit: UGA/Andrew Davis Tucker.

We blog here with brief updates or reflections on our work, while our website provides examples and descriptions of what we do. We are excited to continue sharing our series of stories, focused on longer timelines and richer details. Today we posted a story about Jenna Jambeck and her experience sharing new research with the media, and how we helped her. Read more of our other stories here. [Read more…]

Happy Holidays From COMPASS

Our COMPASS Team enjoying a virtual holiday toast.

Holiday cheers to all of you! We hope that you and yours are taking time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate this holiday season. We are taking a breath and a break; we’ll be back in 2016. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

California’s Changing Oceans: A Sacramento, CA Briefing On Implications Of Ocean Change For Policy And Management

Photo Credit: the_tahoe_guy, (CC BY 2.0)

 On November 4th, COMPASS is supporting scientists to share their knowledge about changes in the ocean, and what those changes mean for our coasts, managers, and decision-makers. Occurring just before the Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists this year in Sacramento, this event will help scientists attending to connect with state policymakers. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

UPDATE: Thank you to all who attended! We’ve provided the slides and handout from the speakers below.

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Shoring Up: A Capitol Hill Briefing On Natural Infrastructure

NJ Boardwalk - US Fish and Wildlife copy 2

Next week, COMPASS is supporting scientists to share their knowledge on how, where and when natural infrastructure can be used to enhance the protection and resilience of our coasts and coastal communities. We are excited to be partnering with the American Metrological Society for this briefing. This event is part of our connecting work – where our goal is to create opportunities to connect scientists to the right people at the right time. We hope you can join us next week!

UPDATE: Thank you to all who attended! We’ve provided the slides and handout from the speakers below.

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Announcing The 2015 Society For Marine Mammalogy Conference Journalist Fellows


COMPASS is proud to support an impressive group of reporters, editors, and producers in attending the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future this coming December. The meeting is expected to bring 2,500 marine mammal scientists and practitioners to San Francisco, CA, for workshops, plenaries, and presentations on topics of importance to marine mammalogy, ranging from climate and changing oceans to effective marine spatial planning.  [Read more…]