Ilissa Ocko is a young professional with a passion for climate science, communication, and policy. She currently works as a climate scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City.
Ilissa has a PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University, and has spent years researching different aspects of the climate system. Ilissa also holds a certificate in science policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Ilissa is committed to disseminating climate change information (causes, impacts, and solutions) to non-experts through a variety of platforms. First, Ilissa is an avid designer of infographics that organize complex and dense aspects of climate change, with the goal of increasing learning efficiency and retention. Several graphics have been published in news articles, blog posts, scientific articles, reports, and magazine articles, and Ilissa now maintains an Instagram account called @theclimatepicture where she posts climate change infographics daily to promote awareness. Second, Ilissa is a prolific writer, with climate change posts occasionally picked up by Yahoo News. Third, Ilissa enjoys presenting to different communities, and is a volunteer speaker at Climate Voices, an active member of the AGU Sharing Science, and a participant in the unprecedented climate campaign More Than Scientists. She is available as a speaker for events, radio, and television. Finally, Ilissa is dedicated to scientific integrity, and participates in a new project called Climate Feedback that is dedicated to establishing scientific credibility to the online reporting of climate change.
Outside of science, Ilissa is a freelance graphic and website designer, owns a small business with her husband called InterfaithLiving, and enjoys photography. She has an “Extra Large” cat named Lindsey, who she is disgustingly obsessed with.