As scientific professionals, you may be accustomed to communicating your science to peers, to other scientists, and possibly to interested lay people. But there is another group you should consider adding to your list—policy makers. Policy makers at the state and federal level need to be informed on what you do and how it impacts people, places, and things. With only a handful of elected officials having science backgrounds and even fewer with geoscience backgrounds, it is imperative you help them make decisions based on sound science. Oftentimes, the hurdle is simply getting started and knowing what to say to...

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