Shelly Sommer

Shelly Sommer

Information & Outreach Director


  • BA: Pomona College, 1991

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-1867
SEEC room C216


What do I do around here?

Are graffiti murals just giant analog tweets? Graffiti in Scott Carpenter Park. Photo by Jen Hall-Bowman, 2012.

  • Connect INSTAAR and CU science with people in many communities who are working toward a resilient, transformational world.
  • Use evidence-based practice to create, collect, and curate content that shares INSTAAR's vital research on global change and sustainability with varied communities.
  • Act as web site content strategist.
  • Develop identity and branding that accurately reflects INSTAAR.
  • Curate INSTAAR's social media presence on channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.
  • Foster institute-wide approach to outreach.
  • Engage various external audiences with INSTAAR science.
Knowledge management
  • Manage library of specialty materials on earth and environmental science. 
  • Ensure that graduating students have the information skills necessary for successful scientific careers. 
  • Provide on-demand research and custom training on information and resources to individuals and groups.
  • Conduct research to understand INSTAAR and CU compared to counterparts.
  • Measure impact over time.