Following a comprehensive career in the field of publishing and completion of a graduate program focused on natural resources and the environment, Ms. Sommer is currently applying her editorial, writing, and publishing skills to assist researchers and educators to better communicate environmental issues, particularly those related to climate change. Her diversified coursework in ecological studies and communications has provided her with tools to investigate and write about the impact of climate change on the environment and society. In addition, she is available to help others research, craft, and refine communication materials for dissemination to the public, policymakers, and interdisciplinary academia. After she graduated from the University of South Florida in 1976, Ms. Sommer lived and worked in Naples, Florida, where she held several editorial and writing positions. She was editor of Naples Now magazine from 1980 to 1982, and then in 1983 she founded and published a regional business magazine in southwest Florida until 1991, when it was acquired by a national publishing company. In 1994, she and her husband moved to Gainesville, Florida, where she became an artist-in-residence with the Shands Arts in Medicine program. In 2001, she took a position as editorial director of a small specialty publishing company where she worked until 2010 when she resigned to pursue a master's of science in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. She graduated in 2014 and continues to provide freelance writing, editing, and publishing services as well as teach part-time through the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida.



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