Visiting Scholars Join the Ocean Discovery Program

Oct 6, 2015

A deep biosphere program director and an earth-science communicator provide outreach and communications opportunities.

Rebecca FowlerRebecca Fowler
Rosalyn SylvanRosalyn Sylvan

Rosalynn Sylvan joins IODP as a visiting scholar to collaborate in her role as managing director of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), an NSF-funded Science and Technology Center headquartered at the University of Southern California. C-DEBI focuses on exploring life beneath the seafloor and making transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins. Sylvan has a research background in nutrient biogeochemistry with a Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of Georgia.  

Rebecca Fowler is the communications and outreach director at the Foundation for Earth Science, which supports programs that establish and improve science-based end-to-end information systems, and the broader Earth science data and technology communities. She has a background in science communication and education with experience creating initiatives for academic institutions and research laboratories that facilitate interest and participation in Earth science. Fowler has a master’s of science in education leadership and policy from Portland State University.