Associate Director, Environmental Change Initiative:
Environmental Change Initiative
Phone: +1 401 863 3493
Martha Downs is an ecosystems ecologist and science writer. She has studied carbon and nitrogen cycling in temperate forests throughout the Northeastern U.S. using natural abundance and enriched stable isotopes.
She has written for Science, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Technology Review, NPR, Small Times Media, and Women's E-News and has served as a communications professional in environmental, public health, emergency preparedness, and higher education organizations. She is particularly interested in the relationship between scientists and the media and how it facilitates (or distorts) public engagement with science and public understanding of risk.
MS Science Journalism
National Association of Science Writers
Ecological Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Science writing; Science communication
2009-2011 Linking Global Thinking & Local Action: The Brown Environmental Fellows Program ($70,000), Henry David Thoreau Foundation