Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist
Dr. Laurie Chong is a marine geochemist with expertise in the cycling of carbon and nitrogen cycling in the deep ocean and in ocean sediments. Laurie completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California where she investigated the impact of the Amazon River on the cycling and storage of carbon and nitrogen in the deep Atlantic Ocean and underlying sediments. Following graduate school, Laurie became the Oceanography instructor aboard Sea|mester’s S/Y Argo.
After returning to shore, Laurie worked in Washington D.C. for Congressman Mike Honda as an AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Her portfolio included supporting the Congressmans role on the committee responsible for funding the Department of Energy, as well as all issues pertaining to energy, environment, clean technologies, water, oceans, natural resources, climate change, and the postal system.
Laurie currently works at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist at the Molecular Foundry, a user facility specializing in nanoscale science research. In this role, she facilitates internal and external communications to promote the Foundry’s mission and showcase its accomplishments to its stakeholders. Laurie is also a lecturer in Oceanography for the California State University, East Bay.