Communications officer, Center for Microbiome Innovation, UC San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
A communications professional and freelance science writer, Deborah Bright leverages social media for science communication — and teaches others to do the same. She has extensive experience in public relations, media relations, social media and blogging. She has given numerous talks that show university-based scientists and science communicators about how to apply social media best practices, even if they don't have a budget for social media marketing. In the past, she's worked as a communicator at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.