DCO’s Engagement Team, with staff based at the University of Rhode Island, USA, keeps the deep carbon community informed and communicates deep carbon science to external audiences.
closeRobert PockalnyUniversity of Rhode Island, USA
Dr. Rob Pockalny is a marine research scientist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. His research and education interests span a broad range of topics including plate tectonics, seafloor morphology, ocean crustal architecture, estuarine processes, and biogeochemistry of ocean sediments and shallow crust. Current research projects include: tectonic reconstructions of seamount systems and transform faults, circulation patterns in coastal lagoons, and global microbial distribution and respiration patterns in ocean sediments. Current education projects include developing computer-based data science education modules for high school and college students and training future seagoing chief scientists. Pockalny is the lead for DCO’s Engagement Team and a member of Synthesis Group 2019.
closeKatie PrattUniversity of Rhode Island, USA
Director of Communications
Dr. Katie Pratt is a molecular biologist who uses her scientific understanding to help translate DCO science for broader audiences. She is responsible for a variety of communications and community building efforts for DCO, including writing and editing web content and a monthly newsletter, developing internal and external communication strategies, including media relations, managing DCO’s social media presence, and engaging with the DCO scientific community, helping to build a solid and strong scientific network. She is the Managing Editor for the DCO website.
closeDarlene Trew CristCrist Communications, USA
SG2019 Synthesis Manager
Darlene Trew Crist, principal of Crist Communications, has spent the past 20 years helping scientists communicate their findings to public audiences, successfully producing scientific products that range from videos to maps to books to specialized scientific journals, complemented with other digital and collateral materials. Crist is working hand in hand with the Marie Edmonds and the Engagement Team to ensure that all 2019 products are realized, produced, and ready for unveiling by 2019, and oversees all synthesis-related content on the DCO website.
closeJosh WoodUniversity of Rhode Island, USA
Digital Content Manager/Designer
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Josh Wood is a graphic designer and illustrator, who has created the DCO brand and web presence as Webmaster and Website Designer. He has spent the past 25 years weaving his artistic skills into effective and attractive digital content. Wood uses these talents to create much of DCO’s visual material including illustrations, animations, infographics, and presentations to help show DCO’s scientific content in accessible, visually interesting ways. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in fine arts/illustration.
Engagement Advisory Committee
closeMagali AderInstitut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
Pr. Magali Ader is a professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and serves on the Engagement Advisory Committee for DCO’s Deep Energy community. Her research sits at the intersection of Earth and life sciences, in the burgeoning field of geobiology. Using measurements of stable carbon and nitrogen isotope compositions of ancient sedimentary rocks, compared to those of analogous modern geobiological systems, she is contributing to our understanding of how Earth and life interacted through time on both a local and a global scale. Ader also serves as the international secretary of the Geochemical Society.
closeTerry CollinsTerry Collins & Associates
Terry Collins leads Terry Collins & Associates, a Canadian-based private consultancy specializing in publicizing international science, environment and health-related news, and research. Terry brings nine years of newspaper journalism and 10 years of public service experience to the EAC, along with over 20 years’ experience working with public sector clients around the world. He has an unconventional but highly successful approach to helping clients publicize their scientific findings.
closeTobias FischerUniversity of New Mexico, USA
Dr. Tobias Fischer is a professor of volcanology and director of the Fluids and Volatiles Laboratory at the University of New Mexico. He also chairs the Board of Directors of DCO’s Carbon Observatory Deep Carbon Degassing (DCO-DECADE) international initiative that brings together scientists from about 11 countries to better understand degassing of carbon from active volcanoes and volcanic regions. His research focuses on volcanology with emphasis on active volcanism. He currently conducts research at volcanoes in Central America, the Aleutians, the East African Rift, and Antarctica. Fischer also serves on DCO’s Engagement Advisory Committee.
closeKathleen FontaineRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Dr. Kathleen Fontaine is an adjunct professor of data policy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and co-lead of the Data Science Team there. Her research focuses on the integration of data into public policy. Before coming to DCO, she was Managing Director of Research Data Alliance/US. She remains an active participant in RDA. Prior to joining RPI, Fontaine worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Global Change Data Center, at Goddard Space Flight Center, where she managed the Earth Science Data Systems Working Groups. She also worked as a policy analyst for NASA for a decade, participating in two international, interagency organizations – the Committee on Earth Observations Satellites Working Group on Information Systems and Services and in the Group on Earth Observations. Fontaine still works with GEO, and continues to be actively involved in the international data policy arena.
closeMatthew JanicakUniversity of Southern California, USA
Matthew Janicak serves as Data Manager for the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center, C-DEBI (Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations), based at the University of Southern California, USA. In addition to working with the Center's Data Management Initiative to ensure the deposition and discoverability of subseafloor biosphere-related data and other outputs, Matthew also serves as the developer and webmaster of the Center's website, and works with colleagues to disseminate the extended C-DEBI community's accomplishments and opportunities via the various internet channels. Matthew's background is in visual design and web development, and his interests include science communication and open source development.
closeJung-Fu LinUniversity of Texas, USA
Dr. Jung-Fu Lin is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas. His research focuses on understanding the nature of the Earth's interior and other planetary bodies through direct examination of the properties of planetary materials under high pressure-temperature conditions. Lin is a member of COMPRES, American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, the Mineralogical Society of America, and an honorary member of the Phi Tao Phi Society of Taiwan. Lin's work was recognized by the National Science Foundatioin with an Early Career Award in Geophysics/Petrology/Geochemistry.
closeAndrew NewellNorth Carolina State University, USA
Dr. Andrew Newell is a geophysicist at North Carolina State University, using theoretical modeling to study magnetism in rocks and bacteria and applying his results to questions in paleomagnetism and environmental magnetism. Newell is also an expert Wikipedian and is working with the DCO Engagement Team as a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar. Newell has long edited Wikipedia pages as a hobby and now brings his expertise to the DCO community to help improve the coverage of deep carbon science on Wikipedia. Newell has been a contributor to Wikipedia since 2010 and has made more than 28,500 edits to the site under the username RockMagnetist. In 2013, Newell became a Wikipedia administrator, after receiving a nomination in recognition of several high quality articles that he wrote on significant topics in his field. He has also earned eight “barnstars,” online banners given by fellow Wikipedians for noteworthy work.
closeKatrina TwingTennessee Tech University, USA
Dr. Katrina Twing is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah with interests in microbial ecology in extreme environments. Her PhD work at Michigan State University focused on identifying diversity and metabolic potential of microorganisms within the continental serpentinite environment. She was a ship-board scientist on IODP Expedition 357: Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life, where she helped collect drill core samples from the hard-rock subseafloor adjacent to the Lost City Hydrothermal Field. Dr. Twing's postdoctoral research focuses on identifying the metabolic potential and activity of microorganism within hard rock cores from the Atlantis Massif using 'omics approaches.
Top image: Caledonite, courtesy of the Rruff Database