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Liz Smith

Liz Smith’s work focuses on enabling scientists and filmmakers to more effectively use media and communications to create measurable impact and systemic change. She has a long history working in ocean exploration & conservation and has worked as a science communications director aboard research vessels in the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Mediterranean Sea. She has explored 2,000-year-old Greek and Roman shipwrecks, searched for Amelia Earhart’s lost airplane and assisted with search and recovery operations off the coast of Syria as part of Dr. Robert Ballard’s EV Nautilus team.

She was also the Director & COO of Conservation Media Group, where she designed the Catalyst Workshops to train and connect filmmakers and non-profits working on pressing ocean issues. She holds an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University and a BA in Astronomy from Whitman College, and began her filmmaking career producing films about astrophysics & earth science at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She’s been certified as an Advanced and Rescue scuba diver, a single-engine private pilot, and NOLS WMI Wilderness EMT. She just finished the WSU Master Gardener course and is learning how to grow her own vegetables!