Dione Rossiter, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dione (Dee) Rossiter is a Science Communication, Engagement, and Outreach Specialist who has previously worked with non-profits, universities, government offices, and for-profit businesses to improve their science engagement efforts; this includes creating new and/or improving existing science communication, marketing, education, diversity, and outreach initiatives. Prior to running Science at Cal, Dee’s previous positions include: Scientific Programs & Outreach Manager at the Carnegie Institution for Science, providing leadership of programs that broaden the reach of Carnegie’s scientific research; and the Director of the Mass Media Fellowship at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, placing scientists in news outlets across the country to create science news for public audiences. Dee received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz, both in Earth & Planetary Sciences.

Elise Matera

Public Engagement Specialist

Elise is an environmental professional with expertise in education and outreach, writing and editing, and creative design. She is deeply passionate about environmental justice, and she advocates for racial, social, and gender equity in her work and life. Elise is an alumna of Vassar College, where she majored in Environmental Studies. She comes to us most recently from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center where she helped create Tahoe’s first microplastics exhibit and put on many outreach events. She also has experience working with NOAA to create lesson plans for Science on a Sphere. 


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