ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ileana Freytes Ortiz, a PhD candidate, was selected as one of two recipients of the USGS NWCSC MOSS Fellowship in Science Communication (United States Geological Survey, Northwest Climate Science Center, McCall Outdoor Science School) . This one-year immersive program in climate-related science communication will involve a guided study and mentored practice. The program is focused on experiential and placed-based learning at the McCall Outdoor Science School through the University of Idaho. It will include targeted graduate coursework in science communication, place-based education, leadership, and ecology. She will be mentoring MS-level graduate student teachers and K-12 students as a field instructor and guest scientist. She will also assist in the planning and implementation of the 2017 USGS Climate Science Boot Camp for early career professionals and graduate students from the University of Idaho, University of Washington, and Oregon State University, federal and state agencies, northwest region Native American tribes, and non-profit organizations. Ileana is obtaining an interdisciplinary degree involving Marine Science with Educational Outreach under the guidance of Dr. Chris Stallings.