Advancing informed, inclusive public conversations about science and the environment

Gretchen Ertl

Metcalf Institute fosters informed, inclusive public conversations about environmental issues by conducting science training for journalists, communication training for scientists, and a variety of public programs.

Based in the URI College of Environment and Life Sciences, Metcalf Institute collaborates with academics, state and federal agencies, non-profits, businesses, community representatives and news organizations nationwide to develop customized programs and resources that improve and expand news coverage of environmental topics.


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  • African-American team leader engages his team in loft office. He stands in front of a white board, gesturing toward seated team members. Fall 2022 CDP Workshop: Creating Your Individual Development Plan - 2022 CDP Fall Workshop: Creating Your Individual Development Plan On Zoom November 30, 2022, 2-3pm   The Career Development Program (CDP) is designed to facilitate workforce development among Rhode Island researchers through a partnership between Metcalf Institute and the Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology, Assessment, Innovation & Modeling (RI C-AIM), supported by Rhode Island National Science Foundation […]
  • Yellow image with black and white photos of the 2023 SciComm Identities Projects fellows, that reads "Welcome Fellows" Introducing the inaugural SciComm Identities Project Fellowship cohort! - The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute, Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, and the URI Science and Story Lab are excited to introduce the first cohort of SciComm Identities Project Fellows. Out of a competitive applicant pool, thirteen Fellows were selected to participate in this innovative science communication fellowship for pre-tenure faculty […]
  • Photo of Tricia Thibodeau Meet Tricia Thibodeau! - Most people don’t think about plankton on a regular basis, but Metcalf alum Dr. Tricia Thibodeau has spent years learning about how these microscopic organisms can reveal a lot about their surroundings. “They’re like a microscope into the ocean,” she shares. “I ended up getting really interested in plankton because they’re basically these indicators of […]
  • Screenshot of a Metcalf Institute webinar featuring a Black woman with braids and glasses, a bald Latino man wearing a headset, and a white woman with long hair and glasses who is serving as an ASL interpreter. Why Support Metcalf Institute? - The environmental challenges we face today have raised the stakes for effective communication about science.