Heather Dewar is a former national environment correspondent for Knight Ridder News Service, and former environment reporter for The Miami Herald and The Baltimore Sun. She is the author of "When the Seas Rise," published by University Press of Florida in April 2016. She joined the USGS in January 2016 after serving as social media manager for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, and media relations director for the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. She has a B.A. in English literature from Harvard College and an M.A. in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, and was a James L. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She is a native Floridian.