Deep Carbon Observatory Engagement Team

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rpockalny@uri.edu(Robert Pockalny), University of Rhode Island (USA)
Team Leader
+1 401 874 6926

Dr. Rob Pockalny is a marine research scientist at the University of Rhode Island’s 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 the biogeochemistry of ocean sediments and shallow crust. Current education projects include developing computer-based data science education modules for high school and college students and training future seagoing chief scientists. Pockalny also serves as a member of DCO’s Executive Committee.

katie_pratt@uri.edu(Katie Pratt), University of Rhode Island (USA)
Director of Communications
+1 401 874 6146
+1 401 536 8813 (Mobile)
katiepratt2010 (Skype)

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.

dtcristdco@gmail.com(Darlene Trew Crist), Crist Communications (USA)
Synthesis Liaison/Engagement Team Counselor
+1 207 315 1976 (Mobile)
darlenetrewcrist (Skype)

Darlene Trew Crist, principal of Crist Communications, has spent the past 20 years helping scientists communicate their findings to public audiences. She works in concert with scientists to produce materials that help translate complex science in easily understood, engaging ways via products that range from videos to maps to books to specialized scientific journals and accompanying digital materials. An award-winning writer, Crist works with both the Engagement Team and Synthesis Group 2019, helping to shape and guide content. 

josh_wood@uri.edu(Josh Wood), University of Rhode Island (USA)
Digital Content Manager/Designer
+1 401 874 6602
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Josh Wood is a graphic designer and illustrator, who has created the DCO brand and web presence. 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.

Planning for 2019

Five DCO scientists, representing each of the four DCO Science Communities and an at-large position, have agreed to serve as liaisons between their DCO Communities and the DCO Engagement Team. Formally known as the Engagement Advisory Committee, its members are tasked with ensuring that the work of their respective communities—publications, important findings, events, and other potentially newsworthy items—are shared with the Engagement Team and disseminated to the entire DCO Science Network and broader public audiences.

Should you have suggestions, questions, or comments regarding DCO’s engagement strategies, please share them with the EAC members or DCO Communications Director katie_pratt@uri.edu(Katie Pratt).

ader[at]ipgp.fr(Magali Ader), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France)
Deep Energy Representative

Pr. Magali Ader is a professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and serves as the Engagement Liaison 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.

CottrellE@si.edu(Elizabeth Cottrell), Smithsonian Institution (USA)
At-Large Representative

Dr. Elizabeth Cotrell is the director of the Global Volcanism Program at the Smithsonian Institution. Her research focuses on understanding the long-term evolution of the planet, from the mechanism and chemical signature of planetary core formation 4.5 billion years ago, to the surface expression of Earth’s interior today at volcanoes around the globe. She investigates materials such as rocks, oxides, and metals, under deep Earth conditions of high pressure (sometimes exceeding a megabar) and high temperature (sometimes exceeding 4000 degrees centigrade). Cottrell also looks at natural volcanic rocks from the oceans and continents to measure and understand their chemical signatures in terms of Earth history and processes. Cottrell serves on DCO’s Reservoirs and Fluxes Scientific Steering Committee and Task Force 2020.

fischer@unm.edu (Tobias Fischer), University of New Mexico (USA)
Reservoirs and Fluxes Representative

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. Fischer currently conducts research at volcanoes in Central America, the Aleutians, the East African Rift, and Antarctica. 

afu@jsg.utexas.edu(Jung-Fu Lin), University of Texas (USA)
Extreme Physics and Chemistry Representative

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.

katrinatwing@gmail.com(Katrina Twing), University of Utah (USA)
Deep Life Representative

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.