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Building Leadership in Science Communication: Workshop for Researchers Studying Arctic Environmental Change

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SEARCH Knowledge Exchange Workshop
September 25-26, 2017
Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.

Lisa Friedman is a reporter on the climate desk for the New York Times, focusing on climate and environmental policy in Washington. She has covered eight international climate talks and chased climate-related stories from the bottom of a Chinese coal mine to the top of snow-capped Himalaya Mountains. She previously worked for Climatewire where she led a team of 12 reporters focused on the business and politics of the changing climate. Before Climatewire, she was the Washington bureau chief for The Oakland Tribune and later The Los Angeles Daily News.

Candace Nachman Nachman joined the NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy as a Senior Policy Advisor and the Arctic Liaison. In this role, she helps to raise the profile of the important science, management, and policy work at the core of the NOAA Fisheries mission. She’s a Washington, D.C., area native who returned to the District in 2004 after completing her Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marine Science Affairs, with a double minor in Business Administration and Geology, from the University of Miami, where she graduated magna cum laude. Since returning to D.C., she has interned for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and worked on maritime boundary issues with the Office of Coast Survey in NOAA’s National Ocean Service. Beginning in October 2006, Nachman spent eight years in the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources ensuring activities conducted in the marine environment do not negatively affect marine mammals or subsistence uses of marine mammals, working mostly on requests from the oil and gas industry in Alaska. She has extensive experience working with Alaska Native Organizations in the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Seas region of Alaska.

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos is the investigations and longform editor for InsideClimate News. He previously served as managing editor for 100Reporters, a non-profit investigative organization where he oversaw projects on corruption and abusive resource extraction in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. Sandoval-Palos also has served as supervising editor for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and he is the outgoing board president of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. In his four years in that role, he helped double the fund’s grants budget and start investigative fellowships at Brandeis University for women and journalists of color. He has been a research consultant at Human Rights Watch, where he carried out research projects on immigration, and a project manager at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists–Center for Public Integrity. He has worked at multiple other news organizations as a reporter and editor.

Whitley Saumweber is a Visiting Fellow with Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions in the Woods Institute for the Environment. His work focuses on understanding and applying practical approaches for integrating marine science with pressing policy needs. Prior to joining Stanford, he served as Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy in the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this capacity Saumweber led the development and implementation of President Obama’s agenda for marine conservation and stewardship. This agenda culminated in the establishment of multiple large marine conservation areas; the first U.S. seafood traceability program to combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing; significant advances in domestic sustainable fisheries policy; new partnerships with Canada and Arctic Indigenous peoples on marine stewardship in the face of climate change, including protections from oil and gas exploration; and the Nation’s first Regional Ocean Action Plans under the National Ocean Policy.  Previously, Saumweber has served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), worked in the U.S. Senate as an advisor to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), overseen a national coastal research and monitoring program at NOAA, and worked in environmental education and advocacy. Throughout his two decades of work in marine science and policy, he has remained a fierce advocate for the use of science, data, and innovation to guide the stewardship of our oceans and coasts.  Saumweber holds a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.

Arianna Skibell covers climate policy and impacts and Congress. Before that, she covered regulations and administrative procedure. She has also covered renewable energy, environmental justice and the inner working of federal agencies. Her work has appeared in Time, Salon, U.S. News & World Report and the Miami Herald, among other publications. Arianna has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in psychology and linguistics from Emory University.

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