2017 Squamish SciComm Faculty

Meet the faculty who will help you elevate your science storytelling skills!

Thomas Hayden

Thomas Hayden is Director of the Master of Arts in Earth Systems, Environmental Communication Program at Stanford University. He teaches science and environmental communication and journalism in Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Graduate Program in Journalism. He came to Stanford in 2008, following a career of reporting and writing about science and environmental issues for national and international publications, including stories for National Geographic, Washington Post, Globe and Mail, and was a staff writer at Newsweek and US News and World Report.

Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram was co-host of “Daily Planet,” the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel, for 16 years. He has worked in almost every mass medium. He hosted CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks” for 12 years, was contributing editor to Owl magazine for five years, and wrote a weekly science column in The Toronto Star for 12 years. He is now involved in producing TV stories for Discovery Channel, writing and giving talks (some with a rock band). He has written 14 books, and received numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding contributions to the popularization of science. He has received five honorary degrees, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009.

Mary Anne Moser

Mary Anne Moser has built a career where art, culture and science intersect. She has worked as a journalist, an award-winning designer and was the founding editor of Banff Centre Press. She started the Banff Science Communications Program in 2005, Canada’s Iron Science Teacher competition in 2007 and Beakerhead in 2012. She is the editor of two books on science in society: Immersed in Technology (MIT Press 1995) and Science, She Loves Me (Banff Centre Press 2011). She currently serves as President of Beakerhead, a major collaborative art, science and engineering spectacle. She holds a BSc in zoology and an interdisciplinary PhD.

Niki Wilson

Niki Wilson is science writer with a past life as a biologist. She grew up dodging bears in Jasper National Park, Canada, and has studied everything from mammoths to mountain pine beetle. She’s now traded the field for the computer screen, and writes about nature and the environment for publications like BBC Earth, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Magazine, Canadian Geographic and Motherboard. When not writing, she looks for other creative ways to communicate science, whether it be producing and hosting science events, or working on documentaries. She lives with her husband, a biologist and conservation officer with Parks Canada, and their 12-year-old son. They once dissected an elk liver as a family, which taught them about both liver fluke ecology, and gag reflexes. Say hello at nikiwilson.com. She holds a BSc and a Masters in Environmental Design


Negar Elmieh

Negar Elmieh is an advocate for health and environmental issues, and is fascinated by science communication. She is an interdisciplinary researcher who applies both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand complex health, environment, risk, and policy issues. She is motivated by the need to create more effective programs and policies to achieve social change, and to bridge the gap between research, communication and real-world problems. Negar completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria with a double major in environmental studies and geography. She then went on to pursue an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics as well as an MS in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University in Boston. After working for various national and international public health and nutrition organizations, she returned to British Columbia to carry out her doctoral work at the University of British Columbia. Negar has lived on four continents and speaks five languages.