Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Dione Rossiter

Dr. Dione (Dee) Rossiter

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, policy, diversity, and outreach initiatives. In addition, Dee is an Adjunct Professor in the Meteorology & Climate Science Department at San Jose State University. Dee’s previous positions include: Climate Specialist for the County of San Mateo, engaging County stakeholders around climate change solutions; Scientific Programs & Outreach Manager at the Carnegie Institution for Science, providing leadership of programs intended to broaden the reach of scientific research; and Director of Mass Media Fellowship, placing scientists in news outlets across the country to work as science reporters at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dee received her PhD in Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

Dr. Mireya Mayor


Dr. Mireya Mayor, a Fulbright Scholar, NSF Fellow and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, is not your typical scientist. For more than a decade Mayor has been a wildlife correspondent, reporting on wildlife and habitat loss while advocating for solutions to the alarming trends. Mayor has been hailed as a “female Indiana Jones,” in the media and is an inspiration to young women interested in science and exploration. Currently, Mayor has joined Florida International University as Director of Exploration and Science Communications Initiative. She is also the lead scientist on a team of investigators in the new Travel Channel series “Expedition Bigfoot”, premiering later this year.  

A two-time Emmy Award-nominated field correspondent for the National Geographic Channel, Mayor has reported to audiences worldwide on pertinent wildlife and habitat issues. Closest to her heart is her study of a newfound species of Microcebus, or mouse lemur, which she discovered on a 2000 National Geographic funded field expedition in Madagascar. Her work with this rare primate inspired the prime minister of Madagascar to establish a national park to help protect the new species, conserving the 10 percent that remains of the African island nation’s once vast forest.  

Dr. Kilan Ashad- Bishop

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Dr. Kilan C. Ashad-Bishop is a molecular biologist and environmental justice advocate. Kilan, an Oakland native, earned her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Miami, where she was an IMSD scholar, and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Morgan State University, where she was an HBCU-UP and MARC scholar. Her research focus is characterization of the functional role of genetic factors in triple negative breast cancer development and progression. She has presented her research work at various domestic and international conferences. Currently, Kilan is a Medical Science Associate who communicates science to regulatory and branding experts to give the newest pharmaceutical advances in biomedical science their nonproprietary (generic) names. Beyond the figurative bench, Kilan volunteers with K-12 and collegiate STEM programs to uplift and mentor the next generation of scientists.

Alex Harris


Alex Harris covers climate change for the Miami Herald, including how South Florida communities are adapting to the warming world. She attended the University of Florida, where she studied journalism and sustainability studies.  

Dr. Melissa McCartney


Melissa McCartney, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University.  Dr. McCartney’s research interests center on science capital and what can we do as educators to help our students grow their science capital.  This includes studies centered on primary scientific literature and how it can be used as a way to introduce students to the process of science.  This research stems from her main project, “Science in the Classroom,” as a Senior Project Director in the Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  “Science in the Classroom,” is a resource that aims to make scientific research articles more accessible to students and the public.  Previously, Dr. McCartney spent five years at Science Editorial working on education and neuroscience manuscripts and was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies where she worked with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.  Dr. McCartney was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and holds a PhD in Neuroscience from The George Washington University and a BS in Biochemistry from Binghamton University (SUNY). 

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson


Elizabeth Anderson is a freshwater conservation ecologist based at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, where she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment. Her work has a strong conservation focus and involves collaborations with other scientists and those in key water resource management roles. Her research has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and National Geographic. At Florida International University, she worked with the USAID-funded Global Water for Sustainability Program to support pilot projects for integrated water resources management in South America, East Africa and India, and later was Program Officer for East Africa programs. Between 2013-2016, Dr. Anderson served as the Director of International Research Programs in the School of Environment, Arts and Society at Florida International University. She is a three-time recipient of a Fulbright from the U.S. Department of State, including a Fulbright Research Award to Costa Rica in 2001, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Peru in 2014, and a Fulbright Specialist Award to Colombia in 2015.

Alicia Lanier


Alicia Lanier is a process consultant and meeting facilitator with a background in water resources engineering and project management. In her workshops, Alicia uses creative facilitation tools based on self-organizing principles that encourage the emergence of a diversity of ideas and opinions. Such whole-group participation is necessary to tackle complex issues; to develop and implement strategic, operational, and action plans; and to guide leadership and teams to critical decisions.

Over the past six years Alicia has provided support to two interdisciplinary scientific research projects, the South Florida Water, Sustainability and Climate Project (SFWSC) and the Urban Water Innovation Network Sustainable Research Network (UWIN). She assisted SFWSC leadership in the management of the project, designed and facilitated multi-day workshops, and guided the team in developing annual project action plans. For the UWIN project, Alicia provided leadership training to over forty team members annually, and facilitated stakeholder meetings across the country. Alicia is an author and international speaker on creative facilitation techniques and approaches to team work. If your curiosity is piqued, check out her website (www.Lanier-Consulting.com).

Nicholas Komisarjevsky

Nicholas Komisarjevsky

Nicholas Komisarjevsky is a Global Science Communicator for Wave of Change, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts’ pioneering movement to move beyond plastics, promote the responsible consumption of seafood and improve coastal health. His work focuses on, but is not limited to, developing, enhancing and implementing strategy for internal and external communications. Nicholas has previous experience working for two different offices of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), namely the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Key Biscayne, FL and the Climate Program Office (CPO) Silver Spring, MD, as well as Burson Cohn and Wolfe, a world-wide public relations firm. While working for NOAA AOML, Nicholas had the unique opportunity to fly into Hurricane Matthew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters aboard a P3 aircraft to handle social media and outreach. Nicholas received his Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science where he focused his studies on Science Communication. Prior, he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from the University of Central Florida where he performed research on Near Earth Asteroids and discovered his passion for science communications. 

Dr. Remy Dou


Remy Dou is an Assistant Professor and NSF CAREER awardee at Florida International University in Miami, Fl. in the Department of Teaching and Learning and the STEM Transformation Institute. His research focuses on science learning in non-school settings like zoos, parks, and in the home. Currently Remy leads a research team in identifying aspects of everyday science talk that relate to the development of children’s science interests and science identity, focusing also on Latine children and families. Prior to being a researcher, Remy Dou served at the National Science Foundation in the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator. During this time he worked on projects related to student engagement in STEM, informal STEM learning, and diversity in STEM education, including collaborating with the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop a framework for designing federal STEM intervention programs.

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