Rebecca Topness is a Ph.D. student in Geological Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on reconstructing changes in temperature and precipitation for the Great Lakes region during past intervals of rapid warming. Records of past climate preserved in lake sediments are useful for understanding modern warming. Rebecca has explored her interest in science communication through coursework and opportunities such as a Pulitzer Center fellowship. She hopes to generate excitement about science and inspire climate action in her local community. Before graduate school, Rebecca earned a B.S. in Geology and Environmental Science at William & Mary.