Journalist Lisa Palmer Joins SESYNC as Science Communication Fellow




In late March, independent journalist Lisa Palmer joined the National Socio-Environment Synthesis Center (SESYNC) as science communication fellow. During her three-month fellowship, Lisa will research and produce stories at the nexus of climate change, environment, sustainability, and social science. She will work on long form journalism articles on complex environmental problems, as well as shorter pieces for a variety of media outlets.

“It is enormous fun to start my fellowship at SESYNC,” says Lisa. “As a writer-in-residence, I’m learning the value of synthesis work and enjoy meeting with teams working together on research.”

While at SESYNC, Lisa plans to write articles that address land use, agriculture, and climate change, as well as food policy, ecology, and marine protected areas. She will also lead a seminar in June.

Lisa’s work is published regularly in such media outlets as Slate Magazine, The Guardian, Nature Climate Change, and Scientific American, among many others. For more on Lisa, visit her website at


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is a national research center funded through a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Maryland.

Located in Annapolis, Maryland, SESYNC is dedicated to solving society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. We foster collaboration amongst scholars from a diverse array of the natural and social sciences (such as ecology, public health, and political science), as well as stakeholders that include resource managers, policy makers, and community members.

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