Author: Raven Capone Benko

Raven Capone Benko

Raven Capone Benko was a science communication and policy fellow with the Smithsonian’s Office of Government Relations. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University where she conducted research in harbor seal ecology. She has also conducted research on the responses of larval fish to environmental stressors with NOAA. Raven is a passionate advocate for science-based policy and science communication and aims to streamline engagement between scientists, policymakers and the public.

Staring into the mouth of flooded cave passages on the islands of the Turks and Caicos. Hidden cave pools are illuminated by dive lights and photo flash. (Joost Daniels, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
Dr. Suzan Murray, Program Director for the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program, reading her testimony at the House Science Subcommittee’s Coronaviruses: understanding the Spread of Infectious Diseases and Mobilizing Innovative Solutions hearing that occurred in March 2020.
Karen Osborn, invertebrate zoologist and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, uses photography to help people connect with the hard-to-see marine animals she studies, like this deep-sea jellyfish (Voragonema pedunculata). (Karen Osborn, Smithsonian)

Why Science Needs Art

April 15th, 2020, 6:00AM