“I learned how to communicate more effectively with people outside my field through the mentoring process. My degree heavily depended on the use of specific technologies, and I had fallen into the trap of using jargon that is not easily understood by the public.” – Ryan Freedman, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“Through my fellowship, I had the opportunity to participate in a great example of California’s support for citizen science – Reef Check California – that showed me how it is possible to give ocean-minded citizens a stake in how we manage our ocean.” – Liz Parissenti, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
“This transition from a marine system to an estuarine/freshwater one was not as difficult as I had initially thought, and it’s been more rewarding then I had ever imagined.” – Jenny Bigman, CA Sea Grant State Fellow
California Sea Grant announced the hiring of Deborah Seiler as communications coordinator. She will be responsible for science writing, program and research reporting, and the development of communications strategies to advance the Sea Grant mission.
“I’m a scientist, and I learned that I’m not the most effective messenger. People don’t trust scientists (or politicians) these days to tell them about climate change.” – Mary Matella, CA Sea Grant State Fellow