The SW CSC has hired four new members, that now comprise a team of communication experts. With their expertise, we will reinvigorate our communications, especially with regards to social media and the website, and expand our communications toolbox to include podcasts, webinars, and newsletters. Keep an eye on the website for news and events, and tune in to our twitter feed and Facebook pages, to stay updated.
Dominika Heusinkveld is a graduate student in the School of Journalism and in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences. She is interested in science communication to the public. Her work on the Southwest Climate Science Center’s Communications Team involves outreach to researchers and stakeholders.
Sudan Kariuki is a Graduate Assistant at the SW CSC, where she manages the SW CSC’s social media and assists in website maintenance. She is a MS student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, examining the effects of recreational camping on canopy cover mediated soil microbial activity. She is interested in studying how human management and land use activities affect plant-soil feedbacks. Her dream is to work as an applied ecologist in Kenya, where her husband is from. She would like to remain engaged in science communication and education throughout her career.
Sarah LeRoy is a Research Associate with the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, and Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), where she provides support for several projects focused on engaging with communities and tribes to build their awareness of, and reduce their vulnerability to, the risks of climate change. With the SW CSC, Sarah is updating the website and leading communications with the USGS side of the SW CSC.
Amanda D. Webb is a Senior Research Specialist at the University of Arizona where she writes about research projects funded by the SW CSC and performs other tasks in support of the organization’s communication strategy. She also works with the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative for whom she provides technical and project management support for collaborative projects, data management, science delivery, and science communication. Amanda was awarded a M.S. degree in Natural Resources Studies from the University of Arizona in August 2017.