Lauren Lipuma works in AGU’s Media Relations department. She communicates new Earth and space science research findings to journalists and the public through press releases, blog posts, photos, and videos. Before focusing on science communication, Lauren worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she studied the immune response to infectious diseases and did extensive research on the bacteria that make up our poop. She worked as a staff writer for a monthly medical magazine and in wildlife conservation prior to joining AGU in 2015. Lauren is a past president of the DC Science Writers Association. Find her on twitter at @tenacious_she.

Liza Lester works in AGU’s Media Relations department, where she communicates new Earth and space science research findings to the press and public. Before joining AGU, Liza worked at the Ecological Society of America, where she identified newsworthy stories from ESA’s scholarly journals, wrote news releases, and managed the society’s social media channels. Liza holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College and a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She was a science reporting intern at The Sacramento Bee in 2011, sponsored by the AAAS Mass Media and Science Engineering Fellowship.

Katie Broendel works in AGU’s Media Relations department where she communicates organizational priorities to members of the media and the general public. Before joining the AGU team, she worked in communications at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the American Association of University Women. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Mary Washington, Katie worked as a researcher for the National Geographic Bee. She earned her master’s degree in Public Communication from the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., where she has also worked as an adjunct instructor.

Olivia V. Ambrogio is the Manager of the Sharing Science Program at AGU, where she does her best to help other scientists connect with wider audiences. She is a biologist by training who got her Ph.D. studying the sex lives of marine snails. In spite of the surprising allure of this research, she eventually shifted into the field of science communication. In her spare time she writes and takes nature photos, often frustrating her partner and friends (who just wanted to take a walk) by crouching on the ground to photograph an insect.