Sheril Kirshenbaum

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Sheril Kirshenbaum is an associate at Duke University and co-author of the forthcoming book, “Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future,” with Chris Mooney. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government and works to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public.

In 2007, Sheril helped to found ScienceDebate2008; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. She has also worked as a legislative science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy.

Sheril holds two MS degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy from the University of Maine. Previously she served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow at Tufts University. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. She also has experience working in pop radio and her work has been published in Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Science.

Sheril Kirshenbaum co-hosts The Intersection on Seed's Scienceblogs with Chris Mooney and contributes to Talking Science. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician.