Head of Media, Communications and Outreach of the European Geosciences Union
October 2019 – present
Terri Cook joined the office in 2019 to oversee the EGU’s media, communications, and outreach activities and serve as the liaison between the Union and its membership, the press, and the general public. In addition to producing EGU news articles, press releases, and the monthly EGU newsletter, she manages the press office at the EGU General Assembly and coordinates all press activities at the conference. She also works on outreach efforts such as Planet Press, an EGU educational project that brings geoscience news to children, parents, and teachers.
Terri’s interest in the geosciences began at an early age while growing up in a home whose cornerstone was a meteorite. Thinking about the uncharted journeys that rock must have taken sparked Terri’s passions for geology and storytelling and inspired her career as a science communicator. Prior to joining the EGU, Terri worked as a science and travel writer, penning award-winning content for clients and outlets ranging from the U.S. Geological Survey, Eos, Scientific American, and New Scientist to Lonely Planet and the L.A. Times travel section. She previously worked as the Outreach Director for the Extreme Ice Survey and as a member of the environmental studies faculty at a liberal arts college in Arizona.
Terri earned a master’s degree in geology at the University of California-Santa Cruz and an undergraduate degree in archaeology from Tufts University. She is the author or co-author of five books, including Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Geology. Terri is a 2016 EGU Science Journalism Fellow, a 2019 AHCJ Fellow, and the 2019-2020 Science Communication Fellow for the Geological Society of America.