Many people, including staff and DCO Science Network members, contribute to the DCO website. This page spotlights the roles of DCO staff members involved in web design, content, and development.
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.
closePatricia WaldronScience Writer
Patricia Waldron is a science writer based in upstate New York who writes feature stories and Q&As for the DCO website. She has 10 years of experience crafting engaging and educational news stories about scientific discoveries. Patricia is a graduate of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In her former life as a microbiologist, she tested “suspicious white powders” at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, detected bacteria from radioactive groundwater at the University of Oklahoma, and cultured subsurface methanogens at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
closeMichelle Hoon-StarrGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Michelle Hoon-Starr joined the DCO Secretariat as a science program assistant in June 2015. Her main responsibilities include writing, compiling, and editing DCO documents; organizing DCO meetings, workshops, and events, and designing Secretariat posters, flyers, and presentations. She serves as Contributing Editor for the DCO website. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a B.S. in geology in May 2015. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the geomorphology of the Virginia Appalachians.
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.
closeJennifer MaysGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Jennifer Mays joined the DCO Secretariat at the Geophysical Lab in May 2015. As Science Program Associate, she plays a lead role on issues related to DCO data management as well as in managing logistics for DCO meetings, workshops, field trips, and other events. Jenn coordinates with the DCO Engagement and Data Science Teams to help develop, evaluate, and improve DCO’s web infrastructure. She also curates the online Bibliography of Contributions to the DCO and oversees the web presence for DCO’s instrumentation initiatives. She has a broad range of past experience working as a stable isotope geochemistry analyst and as an archaeologist in the U.S. Southwest. Mays holds a M.S. in geology and a B.A. in anthropology.
closeAhmed EleishRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Ahmed Eleish is visiting researcher at Carnegie Institution for Science and a graduate student in the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, working with the Tetherless World Constellation. Ahmed oversees day-to-day operations, troubleshooting, service administration, and website maintenance for the DCO website. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Helwan University in Egypt, then went on to work at Oracle Corporation as a consultant. He is presently pursuing his PhD in Multidisciplinary Science, exploring a data-driven approach to the traditional scientific method. His research interests include knowledge representation and discovery, computational linguistics, and artificial intelligence.
closeAndrea Johnson MangumGeophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Andrea Johnson Mangum joined the DCO Secretariat in June 2010. As the Secretariat’s program manager since 2011, she focuses on grants management and achieving programmatic goals. Andrea formerly served as the managing editor for the DCO website and newsletter, and continues to occasionally contribute articles focused on specific activities, such as DCO instrumentation. She also provides additional editorial support for featured content. She has a M.S. in marine geology and years of experience with the Ocean Drilling Program and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program in science management, technical writing, and education. She enjoys going to sea as well as writing about science and scientists.
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