About Us: Meg Gilley

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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

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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…]

About Us: Kristin Carden

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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…]

COMPASS 2015 Retreat

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This week, the COMPASS staff is meeting up in Baltimore for our retreat. We’re practicing what we teach in our trainings – using the Message Box, figuring out our thinking styles and how they work together, working on our elevator speeches, and preparing for another year of supporting scientists to engage in the public discourse about the environment!

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COMPASS Communication Tools And Resources

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Need a quick fix of communication advice? We have collected a few of our key tools and suggestions in one spot. Bookmark this page for your go-to place to reference the message box or to prepare to interact with policymakers and journalists.
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Welcome New COMPASS Teammates!

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We are thrilled to welcome new members to the COMPASS team! We have found some amazing individuals with a deep appreciation and understanding of science and the science culture, knowledge about science communication and engagement, and real-world experience in the cultures of journalism, policy and law. We look forward to them helping coach and train scientists, as you’re looking to be more effective communicators, and to support you in connecting with other scientists, journalists and policymakers.

Please join me in welcoming Kristin, Amy, Stephen and Meg! Here’s a bit more about them, their jobs, and why they’re excited to be part of the COMPASS team.  You can learn more about each of them on our website.

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Lynn Scarlett: On Science, Policy, And Joining Our Board

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This week, we welcome Lynn Scarlett to the COMPASS Board of Directors. Lynn is currently the Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior under George W. Bush, and has held many other positions, advisory and board service roles that you can read about here. She has been a champion for the use of science in decision-making, brings vast experience and networks in the environmental policy sphere, and continues to work toward a healthy democracy that allows people and environment to thrive. Lynn has not only engaged with scientists throughout her career, she advocates for scientists to engage and for constructive, two-way dialogues between scientists and policymakers.  As I welcomed Lynn to the board, I had the chance to learn more about her experiences and perspectives regarding scientists engaging in the policy sphere.

We are thrilled to have her contribute her ideas and expertise as we at COMPASS work to get more scientists to engage effectively in the public discourse about the environment. Welcome Lynn!

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Our Stories: Leveraging Scientific Conferences To Include Journalists

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

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. Read more of our other stories here. And visit our blog next week to learn about the next journalism fellowship we will be offering! [Read more…]

Our Stories: Supporting Wildfire Scientists To Engage

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We often 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. And remember, if you want to join our team to support scientists in their engagement efforts – we are hiring!
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