Nancy Baron

Director of Science Outreach


735 State St., Suite 300, c/o National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Nancy Baron is the Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS. Nancy holds workshops around the world for academic, government, and NGO scientists helping them develop core competencies as scientist communicators who want to make their work relevant to journalists, policy makers, and the public. Nancy began her career as a biologist in Banff National Park, spent 6 years as Director of Education at the Vancouver Aquarium, then morphed into journalism. She has won numerous writing awards including the Canadian Science Writers Science in Society and National Magazine awards.


An ardent naturalist, she published a popular field guide, The Birds of Coastal British Columbia (Lone Pine Publishing) and a “how to” communications guide book for scientists titled Escape from the Ivory Tower (Island Press). Nancy received the 2013 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in the Media for her work at the intersection of science and journalism. Through the design and delivery of fellowship programs for scientists, Nancy focuses on building communities of communications support and collaboration. She is an advisor to the Liber Ero Fellows Science Advisory Committee in Canada.

Read Nancy's blog posts here!

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