|Title:||Deputy Director, LTER NCO|
Marty Downs is the Director of the Long Term Ecological Research Network Office, based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara. She manages internal and external communications for a network of over 2000 environmental scientists and 28 diverse research sites. Marty began her career as an ecosystem ecologist studying nitrogen and carbon cycling in northeastern U.S. forests, Alaskan tundra, and polar Sweden, based at the Ecosystem Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory. While teaching a group of science journalism fellows the reality of hands-on science, she caught the science communication bug.