Nancy Baron

Director of Science Outreach
[email protected]
(805) 450-3158
735 State St., Suite 300
c/o National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
Santa Barbara, CA

As COMPASS' Director of Science Outreach, I work with environmental scientists, helping them translate their work effectively to journalists, the public and policy makers. A zoologist and science writer, I hold communications training workshops around the world for academic scientists, graduate students and post docs as well as government and NGO scientists. For my work at the intersection of science and journalism, I was awarded the 2013 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in the Media.

I have an interdisciplinary Masters degree in Global Marine Studies from the University of British Columbia, a B.Sc. in Zoology, and have won numerous science writing awards. In August 2010, I completed a communications guide book for scientists titled Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter (published by Island Press). This book summarizes my ten years of experience working as a personal coach and trainer to many well-known environmental scientists. It includes contributions from my COMPASS colleagues, as well as the voices and experiences of leading journalists and scientists. More about the book here: