COMPASS is an organization that helps scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. It provides practical support for scientists to engage without compromising the accuracy of their science. The 2019 Science Communication Series will feature:


Lori Arguelles

Director of Policy Engagement

As COMPASS' Director of Policy Engagement, Lori leads our COMPASS's work to connect scientists to decision makers in the United States, bridging the worlds of science and policy and supporting scientists to engage. Prior to joining COMPASS, she served as the President & CEO of the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Lori started her professional career as a radio reporter, and worked for several local and national outlets as an anchor, reporter, and producer. She also served as press secretary for two members of congress. Lori received her undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism and political science from Northern Arizona University and her M.A. in public communication from American University.

Heather Mannix

Assistant Director of Policy Engagement

As Assistant Director of Policy Engagement for COMPASS, Heather works to facilitate constructive discussion and interaction between scientists and decision makers. Before coming to COMPASS, she spent more than seven years at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington D.C. working with large ocean research programs such as the Census of Marine Life and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Heather received her B.A. from Hood College in Environmental Science and Policy and her M.A. from American University in Global Environmental Policy. 


David Malakoff

Science Magazine

David Malakoff is a Deputy News Editor specializing in coverage of science policy, energy and the environment. A native of Washington D.C., he has spent more than 25 years reporting on how scientists influence government policy, and how government policy shapes science. In addition to reporting for Science, he has worked as an editor and correspondent on NPR’s Science Desk, for Conservation Magazine, and as a freelancer for numerous outlets.

Wudan Yan

Freelance (Scientific American, Science, The New York Times)

Wudan Yan is an independent journalist based in Seattle reporting on science, health, environment, human rights, and culture for various publications, including High Country News, the New York Times, and many others Before becoming a journalist, she was pursuing her doctoral degree in cancer biology at Sloan Kettering. When she realized she'd rather admire science from afar than be immersed in it, Wudan traded her pipettes for a pen, notepad, and the willingness to frequently go outside of her comfort zone. Her reporting has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, and the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources.

Clinton Parks


Clinton Parks is a Washington, DC-based freelance science writer who has been published in AAAS, the Society of Neuroscience, Undark, and the American Physical Society, among others. From November 2003 through April 2006, Clinton served as staff writer for AAAS' Minority Scientists Network, the online network for current and prospective minority scientists. From October 2006 through May 2015, he served as a staff writer and web producer for the trade publication SpaceNews.

Bob Marshall

New Orleans Journalist

Bob Marshall is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported on environmental and coastal issues at The Times-Picayune, The Lens, and National Public Radio. In 2017 he began a regular op-ed column on environmental issues for The Times-Picayune/, and is a sought-after speaker on climate change and other environmental issues.