Cassie Freund is the director of science communication at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, FL. She is a tropical ecologist and conservation biologist, with a PhD from Wake Forest University and a master’s in conservation biology from Columbia University. She is also an adjunct professor for the Wake Forest University Graduate Programs in Sustainability.

Cassie is also a science writer and editor, with over five years of experience telling engaging stories about the world around us for outlets such as Mongabay, Massive Science, Hakai Magazine, and the CEES website. She has done field research in Indonesia and Peru, measuring the effect of landslides on Andean ecosystems, and leading community-based orangutan conservation efforts. She has a growing research program in conservation culturomics, and focuses on how the words and images scientists post on social media affect viewers’ perceptions of wildlife and biodiversity conservation.