Elizabeth Ban Rohring served as the Engagement Lead for NOAA’s Sea Grant Program. Her focus has been on the effective communication of complex environmental science topics, such as climate change and coastal sustainability. She has over 20 years of experience in public engagement working with community groups, policymakers, universities, federal agencies, and scientific organizations to bring scientific research to audiences in meaningful and approachable ways.
Elizabeth worked with Sea Grant for nearly 20 years, including her time as a Sea Grant Extension Agent in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She also worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Sant Ocean Hall and the Shedd Aquarium.
Elizabeth has a master’s degree from Yale University in conservation biology and social ecology, and a master’s degree in climate change science communication from George Mason University. Her recent research has focused on social consensus in the acceptance of climate and energy policy and on creating a dialogue on climate and sustainability for the greater good.