CIG Welcomes Strategic Communications Lead

Heidi Roop - CIG's new Strategic Communications LeadThe Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is excited to welcome Heidi Roop to the team as our Strategic Communications Lead. Heidi brings a strong background in research science and science communication along with a passion for ‘changing how the world engages in science.’ Heidi’s position is a new one at CIG, focused on developing and implementing a proactive, organization-wide communication strategy.

“We are very excited to welcome Heidi to the CIG team as our new Strategic Communications Lead,” says Amy Snover, Director of CIG. “We are looking forward to having a brand new position that has an explicit focus on communications. We are especially excited about Heidi and her innovative approach to science communication. We look forward to her success in broadening the reach of CIG’s work both regionally and nationally.”

A recent post-doctoral fellow in the Paleoclimate Lab at the University at Buffalo, Heidi also holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A former scientist with the USGS, Heidi brings scientific expertise in alpine hydrology, limnology, and paleoclimatology. Her research career has taken her to all seven continents, including several research trips to Antarctica and to Greenland. Paralleling her research career, Heidi has dedicated her time to understanding and improving the way scientists communicate across different platforms and to diverse audiences. Heidi has trained as an instructor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and has worked with a wide array of organizations including NASA, the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, and the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop various public engagement programs and products.

Her expertise is a great addition to CIG and we are eager to see our reach and impact grow through this new position. Welcome to the University of Washington and to CIG, Heidi!