Who We Are
Bringing innovative storytellers and the global scientific community together in a spirit of experimentation and collaboration to revolutionize science filmmaking with the wonder, awe, and diversity of discovery.
WHAT WE DO
We partner with scientists and filmmakers to develop, produce, and share powerful stories about science.
We aim to reinvent science filmmaking to capture the essence, complexity, and process of science to spark wonder among public audiences.
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
We collaborate with scientists at all stages of the storytelling process.
We experiment in style, structure, and content.
Executive Director, SCL
Sarah Goodwin is a leader in science communication, training, and education. As the founding Executive Director of the Science Communication Lab (previously, iBiology), she has worked with hundreds of scientists from around the world to help communicate their research and interests to a diverse and growing global audience. Sarah is excited to experiment with how video storytelling can demystify the process of science and illuminate the many personalities and backgrounds of scientists. Sarah is a PI on several government grants and has spearheaded collaborations with academic institutions and foundations to expand the SCL’s efforts. She was a producer and chief science advisor on the Emmy-nominated film Human Nature, the Wonder Collaborative’s inaugural documentary about CRISPR and gene editing. Sarah received her PhD in Cell Biology from the University of California, San Francisco.
Elliot Kirschner is a New York Times best-selling author and Emmy-award winning news and documentary producer with a passion for science storytelling. He is a producer and executive producer on the gene editing documentary Human Nature and was supervising producer on the science film The Most Unknown. Elliot started at CBS News, as a producer for 60 Minutes, Sunday Morning and the Evening News. His longtime collaboration with journalism icon Dan Rather has led to numerous news reports and short films about science.
Ian Cheney is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work explores the marvels, mysteries, and struggles of science. His recent critically-acclaimed film The Most Unknown was a a cross-disciplinary experiment in science storytelling. Living in coastal Maine, Ian regularly finds inspiration in the nature of his native New England. Other films include: King Corn, The Greening of Southie, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso, Bluespace, and The Smog of the Sea.
Senior Producer, Wonder Collaborative
Meredith DeSalazar is a Senior Producer at the Wonder Collaborative. Meredith’s interest in science began with a childhood rock collection and Space Camp. It has grown into an award-winning career in news and documentary film. Recently, she was an Emmy-nominated producer on the CRISPR documentary Human Nature. And over several years producing for the weekly television newsmagazine Dan Rather Reports, Meredith reported on many science topics including the first in-depth television news investigation of emerging research on concussions in sports and the NFL’s efforts to sweep the issue under the rug.
Senior Producer, Wonder Collaborative
Regina Sobel is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. She recently served as Supervising Editor of the New York Times’ Op-Docs, which included the Oscar-winning short documentary The Queen of Basketball. Previously, she edited and co-wrote the feature documentary Human Nature, for which she received both IDA and Emmy Award nominations for Best Editing. Her other credits include Fail State, a feature documentary about inequality in higher education; Old Dog, a verite documentary about sheep dog training in New Zealand; and Queen of Earth, a narrative feature starring Elisabeth Moss. Before working as an editor, she produced and directed motion graphics on projects including PBS’s Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously, and HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Shelley Elizabeth Carter
Shelley Elizabeth Carter is a Brooklyn-based assistant editor for film and television and an independent creative producer. She spent 12 years working in live event production for theatre, conferences, and festivals. Favorite projects include the Summit Series conference in Los Angeles, the Under the Radar performance festival in New York, assistant directing at A.C.T. in San Francisco, and curating a DIY performance series in Berlin. Since 2019, she has been working in post production. Recent assistant editor credits include NEON’s anthology film The Year of the Everlasting Storm, FX on Hulu’s series The Premise, and the upcoming indie feature Space // Space.
Rebecca is a storyteller and problem-solver, and puts those skills to use as a video editor. She learned editing at The Edit Center in New York City, signing up for the course on a whim after thinking one day “I wonder what video editors do…” She has a BA in Theatre Arts and a PhD in Absolutely Nothing. Her college biology professor is quoted as saying she was definitely “one of my students.” Her editing work has been described as “There’s a spelling error in the captions” (Dad) and “Oh, I forgot – can you send me the link again?” (Mom). She joined the SCL team in 2020, after being asked “do you have any interest in editing an online course? It’s probably not the most interesting work…” She could not turn down that ringing endorsement, and enjoys editing videos on subjects that go totally over her head.
Science Publicity and Outreach
Lisa Munoz has been hooked on science since she took a picture of a fly’s eye with a scanning electron microscope when she was 14. Throughout her 20-year career as a science communicator, Lisa has translated complex scientific topics into digestible stories for broad audiences. She is the publicity and outreach producer for the documentary Picture a Scientist. Lisa began her career as a radio producer, then worked as a magazine reporter and editor, served as a press officer for the World Meteorological Organization, and founded a science communications consulting firm in 2012. She has an engineering degree from Cornell University.
MÓNICA I. FELIÚ-MÓJER
Mónica is the Associate Director of Diversity and Communication Training at iBiology. She taps into her professional and cultural backgrounds to empower individuals from underrepresented communities through science communication training, storytelling, community-building and education to make science more equitable and inclusive. Mónica grew up in rural Puerto Rico, earned her B.S. in Human Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón, and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at Harvard University.
Derek Reich is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer who has traveled to datelines around the globe to capture striking images for visual storytelling. After getting his start covering the American West for CBS News, Derek expanded into documentary filmmaking with an emphasis on cinematically arresting narratives. A lover of nature and an inveterate explorer, he will happily regale you with stories of vistas, bears and his beloved dogs.
Maggie Hubbard’s passion for information design combined with her background in fine art naturally led her to explore the intersection of art and education through animation. After receiving her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Mississippi, she relocated to Brooklyn, NY where she currently works as a Designer at Oddsense Studios while freelancing in her spare time.
Christopher George is an award-winning graphic designer and animator with a deep interest in storytelling and communication. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from The School Of Visual Arts and went on to co-found Oddsense Studios where he currently works as Creative Director. He lives in Brooklyn and spends as much time as he can find making original content and teaching on platforms such as Skillshare and Youtube.
Adam Bolt, Filmmaker
Adam Bolt is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian who believes film can tell complex stories to wide audiences, particularly in science. His latest work, Human Nature, explores the discovery and ethics of CRISPR, a revolutionary gene editing technology. Adam edited and co-wrote the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job about the 2008 financial crisis and was a senior producer and editor on the climate change series Years of Living Dangerously. He lives in Brooklyn, New York where he runs The Edit Center.
Sharon Shattuck, Filmmaker
Sharon Shattuck is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and podcast host. Her film From This Day Forward broadcast on POV (PBS) and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. She’s the co-host of the podcast ‘Conviction: American Panic’ from Gimlet/Spotify, and the co-creator of the Emmy-nominated New York Times Op-Docs paper puppet science series ‘Animated Life.’ Her work has appeared on PBS, Netflix, National Geographic Channel, The New York Times, Vox, The Atlantic, Vice, ProPublica, Spotify, and Radiolab. She has degrees in forest ecology and journalism.