Communicating world-class USGS science for centers located in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Since 2008, Marisa has worked for the USGS Central States Office of Communications on multiple large-scale communications projects such as those related to white-nose syndrome in bats, avian influenza outbreaks, major flooding events throughout the Midwest, the 2011 Japan earthquake, invasive Asian carp research in the Great Lakes region, and the commissionings of three new USGS Great Lakes Research Vessels. She represents the USGS on the multi-agency White-Nose Syndrome Communications Working Group, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, and the multi-agency black-footed ferret recovery effort led by the USFWS. In 2010, she deployed to Louisiana to serve on the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill Joint Information Center within the Unified Command as a federal communications and social media professional.
Marisa holds a B.A. in Geography from Colgate University (2005), a Master's in Science Journalism and Mass Communication Theory from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2008), and a Master's Certificate in Environment, Policy, and Society from Colorado State University (2010). Her previous professional experience includes communications for a space physics and atmospheric science laboratory and freelance feature writing.
Originally from the Adirondack Mountains region of New York state, Marisa currently resides in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where she spends her free time skiing, hiking, pollinator-friendly gardening, adventuring with her partner Brian, and spoiling her cat and dog children.