As Earth and Environmental Systems Institute scientists engage in research to understand, predict and find solutions for the most compelling environmental issues of our time, Francisco Tutella draws on his experience as a writer and former educator to help them communicate their findings.
As the Institute's public relations specialist, Tutellawrites compelling stories about the diverse topics studied by EESI researchers. Topics include climate change and prediction, greenhouse gas emissions, the impact of natural gas development on watersheds in the Marcellus Shale region, the use of the internet and social media to predict and respond to natural disasters, ice sheets and sea level change, environmental economics, critical zone science and climate risk management.
"I have always been interested in science. Also, I like the challenge that science writing poses, of taking a complex topic and making it accessible to all readers," Tutella says. "Here at EESI I have the opportunity to learn more by interviewing the scientists about their groundbreaking research, and I have the pleasure of communicating their important findings to audiences across Pennsylvania, the nation and the world."
In his spare time, Tutella likes to hike, kayak and read. He can spend hours in coffee shops and bookstores. He also writes fiction and poetry and dabbles in Italian translation.
Prior to joining EESI in spring 2019, Tutella taught academic writing, literature, Italian and English as a second language in northeast Pennsylvania. He also worked as a freelance writer for Wilkes University, where he earned an MFA in creative writing and honed his science writing skills as a graduate assistant in the marketing and communications department.