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Laurel Zaima

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Laurel Zaima is the education and outreach coordinator at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where she works on initiatives that communicate science research to the general public, teachers, and students of all ages. Her focus includes climate science and sea level rise, with an emphasis on changes in the polar regions. After analyzing microplastic pollution in snow in Aspen, Colorado, Zaima pivoted to engaging community scientists and students in local microplastic sampling of the Hudson River in partnership with New York State. She has previously worked as a marine scientist and educator at Marine Science Eco-Experience and as an education coordinator at Reef Relief. Zaima is US board president and an instructor at the Terranaut Club.

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