USC Wrigley Institute Selects 2024 Storymakers

April 10, 2024, Kathryn Royster

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability is pleased to announce the 2024 cohort of Wrigley Institute Storymakers fellows.

Launched in 2022, Storymakers is a first-of-its-kind program that trains mid-career environmental and sustainability researchers in the art of storytelling, so they can reach the public with creative and compelling narratives that inspire positive change. Fellows who apply must show an established, influential body of work on environmental or sustainability topics and a demonstrated commitment to public outreach. They come from leading academic institutions, national and independent laboratories, and environmental organizations across North America.

The program is held in residence each summer at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, the Wrigley Institute’s satellite campus on Santa Catalina Island, California. Buffered from the constant activity of Los Angeles, the fellows gain mental and physical space to build new ways of thinking about their research, its place in the world, and how to share it. Catalina’s pristine surroundings also immerse the fellows in the very environment they’re working to aid, sparking inspiration for their creative projects as they learn from award-winning instructors in publishing, podcasting, immersive media, and more.

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2024 Storymakers Fellows


Shazeen AttariShahzeen Attari

Engineer and environmental psychologist

Indiana University Bloomington




Russ BenedictRuss Benedict

Biologist and naturalist

Central College




Nyeema HarrisNyeema Harris

Animal ecologist

Yale University




Carly KenkelCarly Kenkel

Evolutionary biologist

University of Southern California




Katherine McComasKatherine McComas

Risk communication scientist

Cornell University




Lindsay NaylorLindsay Naylor


University of Delaware




Jesse PoppJesse Popp


University of Guelph




Alexis RacelisAlexis Racelis


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley




Narasimha RaoNarasimha Rao

Energy systems and policy analyst

Yale University




Stacy-ann RobinsonStacy-ann Robinson

Human geographer

Colby College




Gabrielle Roesch-McNallyGabrielle Roesch-McNally

Social-ecological scientist

American Farmland Trust




Nikki Traylor-KnowlesNikki Traylor-Knowles

Cell biologist

University of Miami




The Wrigley Institute Storymakers program is generously supported by a gift from the Lott Foundation. It was created for the Wrigley Institute and is led by Liz Neeley, founding partner of Liminal and co-founder of Solving for Science; and Victoria Fine, formerly of Upworthy, Slate, and Huffington Post and senior advisor for the Census Open Innovation Labs at the U.S. Census Bureau.