Science Communication & Outreach

Iceberg, Scotia Sea, Copyright © Marlo Garnsworthy

Iceberg, Scotia Sea, Copyright © Marlo Garnsworthy

Science communication — especially regarding polar science and oceanography — is my driving passion, and I’m especially interested in how narrative, art, and animation can reach, engage, and inspire a broader audience. My current focus is on writing and illustrating nonfiction, and I occasionally write for sites such as Envirobites and Oceanbites. I also have a joint science communication venture — Pixel Movers & Makers — with my collaborator, Kevin Pluck.

I am the veteran of two Antarctic research cruises, acting in the role of Education and Outreach Officer. I am now actively seeking my next Antarctic research cruise.

At McMurdo with the RVIB  Nathaniel B. Palmer

At McMurdo with the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer


In 2017, I sailed with the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) for a joint NSF-funded expedition between URI-GSO, UCSB, and the University of Otago. We journeyed from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, aboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer and northward through the Southern Ocean. We studied diatoms—a kind of phytoplankton. We want to understand the processes that have driven atmospheric CO₂ changes in the past so we can better understand how humanity might tackle rising CO₂ levels in an uncertain future.


In 2019, I sailed with the International Ocean Discovery Program on Expedition 382 Iceberg Alley and Subantarctic Ice and Ocean Dynamics, a two-month expedition in the Scotia Sea, in the area of highest Antarctic iceberg concentration known as Iceberg Alley. Our work will help us better understand how the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) may behave and how much and how fast sea levels will rise in our warming, changing world. 

Adélie penguins, Ross Sea Copyright © Marlo Garnsworthy

Adélie penguins, Ross Sea Copyright © Marlo Garnsworthy

As Education and Outreach Officer, I blogged about our voyage and science operations, facilitated live broadcasts between the ship and schools/universities, answered questions from schools and the public, managed the social media accounts and created content, built (SNOWBIRDS) and maintained (Iceberg Alley) the expedition website, worked with our scientists as a developmental editor and writing mentor, taught science communication and social media workshops to the science team, and visually chronicled our journey in photographs and illustrations.

I also worked on book projects and have two books underway about these journeys and our science. I will be seeking a publisher for these later this year.

If you'd like to know more or have me come speak to your school or group about my experience or about science communication, please contact me

Aboard the RVIB  Nathaniel B. Palmer C redit: Colin Jones

Aboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer Credit: Colin Jones