AboutStaffKaren Bourque

Karen Bourque - Director of Communications

Karen enjoys translating science and technology to diverse audiences, and has an insatiable fascination with the natural world. She holds a BA in astrophysics from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Administration and Professional Writing from Northern Arizona University. She came to VCE from Middlebury College, where she served as Assistant Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs. Prior to that, she worked as a freelance technical writer, had a brief stint in the renewable energy field, and served as a research associate in the Radio Astronomy Department at the University of Massachusetts.

Over the years, Karen’s volunteer work has centered on environmental and conservation organizations. A strong believer in the power of citizen science, Karen participates in some of VCE’s projects and serves as a weather observer for the COCORAHS network, which gets her outside every morning to measure and report on daily weather conditions throughout the year.

When not working to advance VCE’s mission or catching up on science news, you’ll find her outside—Karen is an avid hiker, backpacker, paddler, skier, and winter camper who also dabbles in star gazing, mountain biking, and skijoring.