Scott Martindale is SCCWRP’s Communications Director. He is responsible for developing, executing and advancing an agency communications strategy that maximizes the reach and impact of SCCWRP’s work in the aquatic sciences. He leads staff and research partners in developing clear, actionable messaging around emerging science – notably, communicating the potential management decisions and actions that flow from the agency’s work. Skilled at interfacing with both technical and non-technical audiences, Scott prioritizes building a broad range of mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships that reinforce SCCWRP’s role as a scientific consensus-builder and facilitator of high-quality, managerially actionable research. He manages the quarterly SCCWRP Director’s Report newsletter, the Annual Report, and all external requests for information, including public records requests.
Scott is a former journalist who holds a B.S. in biology and M.A. in journalism, both from the University of Southern California. He joined SCCWRP in 2014.
M.A., print journalism, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California, 2006
B.S., biological sciences, University of Southern California, 2004
Communications Director, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA. 2014-present
Journalist, Orange County Register. Santa Ana, CA. 2006-2014
Research Assistant, USC California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships. Los Angeles, CA. 2004-2006
Chair, Science Translation and Communications Committee, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. 2019-present
Editorial Board Member, Coastal and Estuarine Science News, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. 2017-present
Co-Chair, Communications Task Force, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. 2017-2019
Select External Presentations
Martindale, S. Effectively communicating science to environmental managers. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference. Mobile, Alabama. November 7, 2019
Martindale, S. SCCWRP at 50: A look back at five decades of progress and achievement. SCCWRP 50th Anniversary Celebration. Long Beach, California. October 11, 2019
Martindale, S. Effectively communicating scientific findings to lay audiences. Pacific and California Estuarine Research Society Joint Annual Meeting, Coos Bay, Oregon. March 18, 2017