Conversations in Environmental Communication

Explore environmental communication through the perspective of a diverse group of professionals working in the arts, journalism, social media, advocacy, business, and science. We’ll investigate how messages about nature and the environment permeate our public discourse through insightful presentations and riveting Q&A with leading experts. This weekly speaker series is facilitated by Dr. P. Sean McDonald, and is open to all students. Presentations are available to the public.

Course Details (Winter 2021):

ENVIR 495 D (1 cr)
SLN: 22196
Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:20 PM

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Tune in via Zoom/YouTube:

Tune in via Zoom
Enrolled participants in the seminar course will participate online via Zoom.

Tune in via YouTube
The seminar is open to the public! If you would like to watch the seminars and are not enrolled in the course, see the YouTube livestream. Recordings will continue to be available after the seminar on this channel.


January 13: Fearless Dispatches from the Anthropocene
Lynda Mapes – Author & Reporter, Seattle Times

January 20: Grief, Beauty, and Statistics: The Power of Art in Environmental Communication
Chris Jordan – Visual Artist

January 27: The Underground Social Media Road
Tiara Moore – Postdoctoral Scholar at The University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy

February 3: Online and Digital Media Communications Panel
Nikolaj Lasbo – Marketing Manager, The Nature Conservancy of Washington
Alison Morrow – Environmental Journalist, Video & Content Producer, Host
Marisol Morales – Digital Communications Manager, EarthCorps

February 10: Environmental Journalism Panel
Ashley Braun – Editor, DeSmogBlog, Freelance Science and Environmental Journalist
Hannah Weinberger – Science & Environment Journalist, Crosscut
Bellamy Pailthorp – Environmental Reporter, KNKX Public Radio News

February 17: Environmental Advocacy Comms Panel
Brittany Gallagher – External Affairs Manager, The Nature Conservancy of Washington
Sarah Sanborn – Senior Communications Manager, Forterra
Kerston Swartz – Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager, Woodland Park Zoo

February 24: Communicating CSR – The Nordstrom Perspective
Chelsey Evans –  Sustainability Lead, Nordstrom
Amy White –  Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Public Relations, Nordstrom

March 3: Science Communication Panel
Meade Krosby – Senior Scientist, Climate Impacts Group, UW
Marjorie “Maggie” Mooney-Seus – Communications Program Manager, NOAA Fisheries AFSC
Jim Wharton – Director of Conservation Engagement, The Seattle Aquarium

March 10: When Lightning Strikes: A Collection of 5-minute Student Presentations
Selected Students in ENVIR 400, Professional Environmental Communication