A zoologist and science writer, Nancy is the Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS. Nancy works with environmental scientists helping them translate their work effectively to journalists, the public and policy makers. Nancy holds communications training workshops around the world for academic scientists, graduate students and post docs as well as government and NGO scientists. For her work at the intersection of science and journalism, Nancy was awarded the 2013 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in the Media.
She has an interdisciplinary Masters degree in Global Marine Studies from the University of British Columbia, a B.Sc. in Zoology and has won numerous science writing awards. In August 2010 Nancy 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 her ten years of experience working as a personal coach and trainer to many well-known environmental scientists. It includes contributions from her COMPASS colleagues, as well as the voices and experiences of leading journalists and scientists. More about the book here: www.escapefromtheivorytower.com