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Emily Zawacki

Emily is a passionate science communicator and enjoys finding ways using new media to make the geosciences accessible and engaging. Emily holds a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Arizona State University and has experience in geoscience outreach, education, and communications. In her free time, Emily enjoys crafting and DIYs and going to the Disney Parks.

Krystin Poitra

Krystin is responsible for organizing, managing and executing all of EarthScope’s outward facing in-person and large-scale meetings and events, from start to finish. In addition to her passion for meeting and event planning, Krystin can be found pursuing her love of the outdoors by working toward her bucket list goal of visiting every U.S. National … Continued

Michael Hubenthal

Michael leads multiple teams of professionals focused on workforce development and community engagement. Programs in his portfolio include a suite internship programs for undergraduates and graduate students, a range of both online and in-person direct-to-learner instruction for undergraduates through professionals, and community-oriented services to further the broader impacts of EarthScope-operated facilities.

Melissa Weber

As the Community Engagement Coordinator, Melissa oversees the organization and execution of community short courses and workshop events, maintains the consortium membership information, and is the point of contact for any exhibit logistics and promotional material distribution.

Kelsey Russo-Nixon

Kelsey works on the Engagement team, specifically in workforce initiatives, and manages the Geo-Launchpad internship program for community college students. She enjoys time with family, friends, and doing anything outdoors.

Beth Pratt-Sitaula

Beth manages projects related to undergraduate curriculum development (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues [GETSI]), university instructor professional development, the community science workshop, and others. She has a background in both geoscience education and geomorphology, with a special interest in geohazards learning. Beth has also been a co-PI on three EarthScope education projects and taught a … Continued

Shelley Olds

Shelley leads the curriculum development efforts for K-12 school and free choice learning environments on the USGS ShakeAlert project, collaborates with partners to create learning modules incorporating coding to visualize geoscience hazards, and extend geodetic-focused lessons to use online data-tools.

Anika Knight

Anika is an experienced scientific researcher who is dedicated to increasing inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in science. She credits her own experience with an NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU) program as a major factor in her decision to pursue graduate school. In the following years she served as both an REU graduate student … Continued

Scott Johnson

Scott has a background in hydrogeology, and extensive experience teaching as adjunct faculty and writing about geoscience as a freelance journalist focused on climate change. Scott works in outreach through news stories, social media presence, and other science communication efforts.