Welcome to Green Fin Studio!
Green Fin Studio makes science accessible and understandable. We speak your language because we were founded by scientists who realized the need to bridge gaps between science and broader understanding. Our team provides marketing, communication, and educational/training services to clients with scientific and environmental messages. In addition to subject matter experts, we have in-house graphic designers, digital media strategists, experienced programmers and creative communicators to help you translate and target your messages.
Green Fin Studio is committed to positive environmental and social impact through our business practices, partnerships, outreach and training, and hiring protocols. Located in a HUB zone in Richmond, Virginia, we actively recruit, train, and mentor diverse students and professionals interested in a career within environmental communications.
We are committed to fostering and maintaining a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture within our office, as well as with our clients and partnerships. This commitment is reflected across our operations, including that all of our staff members are given three paid days per year to volunteer with a community group that supports this collective vision.
Contact us so we can help you tell & share your story.
Meet the Team
Paula co-founded Green Fin Studio in 2010 to make science more accessible and relevant to broad audiences. Through working in senior scientific and leadership positions supporting NOAA, EPA, and non profit environmental organizations, she saw a need for professional science communication and ways to more fully integrate science into decision making at all levels. She and her team think strategically and visually, embracing a wide variety of platforms and tools to present information.
Paula develops innovative collaborative forums, award-winning cultural and natural history tourism programs, highly effective educational and marketing products, and more. When she isn’t working, Paula volunteers with numerous community groups and boards, enjoys hiking, and is planning her next adventurous get-away.
Dave combines graphic design, serious science credibility, programming chops and a drive to engage others. The results are amazing interpretive graphics, useable and useful tools, killer content, and legions of loyal fans. Dave has a deep understanding of marine and environmental science and an uncanny ability to make complex concepts sound simple.
When he’s not working, Dave can be found volunteering with community organizations, on his bike, or supporting his favorite Richmond restaurants and breweries.
Michele Drostin, Outreach Specialist
Michele’s skills include environmental education, watershed management, and running collaborative processes. She has experience in working with a wide variety of stakeholders, from farmers, poultry growers, academic researchers, environmental regulators, landowners, fishermen, and more. Michele helps supports stakeholder engagement for the Delmarva Land and Litter Collaborative, a project that Green Fin Studio has the pleasure of coordinating.
Kattie Iwanski, Environmental Communications Associate
Kattie is passionate about combining art and science to develop effective environmental education programs. Due to her experience with design and communication, from her previous work with the Center for Sustainability in Education at Christopher Newport University, she has cultivated a stylistic voice that is accessible and welcoming to all. Additionally, during her time as a blog writer, Kattie became well versed in research and writing which enables her to create accurate and elegantly crafted environmental statements and publications. In her free time, Kattie enjoys lounging in her hammock, kayaking, and visiting local farmers’ markets.
Lauren Huey, Communications Manager
Lauren is driven by her background in hard science and a passion for elegant explanations, whether verbal, written or visual. After finishing her master’s thesis on oyster disease dynamics at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, she led brand development and strategic communications for the Institute for Biohealth Innovation at George Mason University. She employs her singular attention to detail, technical skills, and creativity as lead on several Green Fin Studio projects helping to maintain our high standards and ensure client satisfaction.
Meriwether Bryant, Environmental Communications Specialist
Meriwether has a background in a variety of environmental engagement work, including sustainability, climate change, and recycling. She’s a graduate of University of Virginia (wahoowa!) and recent ORISE fellow with the US Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA, she supported the creation of a national recycling guide and a national-level grant program.