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Carrie Clower

Associate Editor

Carrie Clower is a science communication intern with North Carolina Sea Grant and is pursuing her Ph.D. in communication, rhetoric, and digital media, focusing on risk and science communication. For the first two years in her program, she was an NSF-funded AgBioFEWS Fellow through NC State’s Genetic Engineering and Society Center. She now instructs a Quantitative Communication Research Methods course as a teaching assistant.

Alexa Cortes
Assistant Editor

Alexa Cortes is a science communication intern with North Carolina Sea Grant and a technical writing intern with the software company, BIOVIA. With a background in biochemistry, she currently is pursuing a master’s in technical communication at NC State, and she also is a teaching assistant for a course on communication for science and research. She plans to become a science writer with a focus on sustainable agriculture and food security.

Annie Grant
Contributing Editor

Annie Grant is a science communicator for North Carolina Sea Grant with a background in science outreach, education, and equity and inclusion. She began her career as a middle school teacher in Tennessee before transitioning to K-12 STEM enrichment program management at MIT. She focuses on ensuring science concepts, research results, and funding opportunities are understandable, accessible, and attainable for all. She has a bachelor’s degree in gender studies from the University of Virginia and a graduate certificate from East Tennessee State University in geographic information systems with a focus on hydrology.

Dan DiNicola
Science and Digital Media Editor

Dan DiNicola is the science writer and digital content producer for North Carolina Sea Grant. He began his career in marine policy and species conservation before transitioning to science communication with an emphasis on visual storytelling. He has previously worked for the University of Washington, University of Miami, and The Billfish Foundation, developing research-based content for recruitment and public engagement. He holds a master of science degree in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Katie Mosher
Communication Director, North Carolina Sea Grant

A former reporter, newspaper editor, television assignment manager, and freelance writer, Katie Mosher brings a wealth of experience to the communications team at North Carolina Sea Grant. She also is now a science writer and editor for a range of outreach products. In addition to her responsibilities for the overall planning and direction of the communications department, she serves on the North Carolina Sea Grant management team. She also serves on the NOAA-U.S. Lifesaving Association Task Force on Rip Current Safety and is a former chair of the National Sea Grant Communications Network.

Linda J. Noble

Linda J. Noble has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for 40 years. She specializes in print and online publications including magazines, books, and annual reports. Her projects for local, state, national, and global clients involve work for institutional and educational organizations as well as businesses and nonprofits. She has designed Coastwatch magazine since 1987.

Hanne Parks
Assistant Editor

Hanne Parks is a science communication intern with North Carolina Sea Grant. She received her bachelors from NC State University, with a major in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology, a minor in environmental education, and a certification in field botany. She discovered her passion for connecting people with nature through internships across North Carolina, from the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island to Highlands Biological Station. She currently is studying at NC State for a masters in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology.

Lauren D. Pharr
Contributing Editor

Lauren D. Pharr is pursuing her Ph.D. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at NC State University. She also an award-winning science communicator, having written and contributed to pieces for The Cincinnati Zoo, BBC Wildlife, Wired Magazine, and eBird, and she currently serves as an editorial advisory board member for The Wildlife Society’s magazine, The Wildlife Professional. She recently won NC State’s Forestry and Environmental Resources Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Education and was a 2021-2022 Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Global Change Fellow.

Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw serves on North Carolina Sea Grant’s team for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility. For five years he was editor of Early Developments, the flagship publication from Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, where he authored The Promise of the Premise: The First Fifty Years of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. His first book won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, and his writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies internationally, as well as on dozens of education, science, and news sites.