GSA Science Communication Fellowship

Looking to Expand Your Professional Horizons?
Passionate About Communicating Science to Society?
Ready for a Unique Challenge?

Current Fellow

Terri Cook
Terri Cook
2019-2020 GSA
Science Communication Fellow

Terri Cook (@GeoTravelTerri) earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of California Santa Cruz, where she studied rocks from deep-sea hot springs, and an undergraduate degree in archaeology from Tufts University. She has worked for the past eight years as a freelance science and travel writer for numerous publications and news outlets. Her writing interests include geology, geoheritage, ecology, and the environment—as well as wine, hiking, and travel. From the remote Australia Outback to the depths of the Grand Canyon and the mist-shrouded summit of Bali’s Mount Batur, Terri’s reporting has taken her to 25 countries on six continents. Her bylines include five books plus dozens of articles in diverse publications ranging from Eos, Scientific American, New Scientist, NOVA Next, Science News, GeoExPro, and EARTH Magazine to Lonely Planet, the L.A. Times travel section, Outside, 5280 Magazine, and Avalon Travel.

She is excited to serve as the 2019-2020 GSA Science Communication Fellow and is eager to learn more about geoscience communication from an institutional perspective. Terri hopes to help expand the Society’s lay and scientific audiences and diversify the outlets in which GSA-published research results appear. Another way she hopes to broaden the reach of GSA science is to target news sources that are not traditional science-writing outlets.

Terri is passionate about explaining the 4.5 billion-year history of our remarkable planet—and helping to preserve it for future generations. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is an active member of the National Association of Science Writers as well as both the Society of American Travel Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists. More information, and a comprehensive list of Terri’s publications, may be found on her website:

About the Fellowship

GSA’s Science Communication Fellowship is an opportunity for a science writer, journalist or scientist with a passion for communicating to spend 10 months gaining experience and professional contacts, working in concert with GSA communications and member leaders.

The goal of the Fellowship is to help improve communication of geoscience knowledge between the members of GSA and the non-scientific community. Candidates should understand how to interview authors to capture the significance of their work for non-scientific audiences, and translate technical research papers into well-developed and compelling press releases for general media outlets with lay readership.  The Fellow will write a minimum of 12 press releases throughout the Fellowship term, selected from the Society’s top-rated, peer-reviewed geoscience journals and from abstracts submitted by scientists to the extensive technical program for the GSA Annual Meeting.

The Fellow will also help staff the onsite Newsroom at the GSA Annual Meeting, assist members of the media covering the meeting, pitch stories to local and national media outlets, and mentor student interns considering a career in science communication.

How to Apply

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Position Description
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: (Subject line: ATTN Science Communication Fellowship).  Interviews will be conducted by phone or video conference after the application period closes.