Office of Communications

The mission of the Jackson School of Geosciences Communications Office is to help build and enhance awareness of the Jackson School and its units and increase the understanding of the value of geosciences and their benefit to society.

We work to accomplish this goal through a variety of tactics, including press releases, media outreach, social media, school publications and strategic marketing.

At the heart of these efforts is the research, work and stories of the school’s students, faculty and scientists. If you have a story you would like to share, or would like to speak with someone about communications, please contact one of the members of the school’s communications office listed below.

  • Staff

    Anton Caputo

    Director of Communications
    Anton oversees all communications and media relations at the Jackson School of Geosciences. Before joining the Jackson School in 2014, Anton had a career as an award-winning journalist specializing in energy and environmental issues, with stops at newspapers in Washington State and Florida before finally moving to Texas to work at the San Antonio Express-News. Directly prior to joining the Jackson School, Anton was a senior communications specialist for the Lower Colorado River Authority specializing in water and drought issues. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism.

    Office: 512- 232-9623
    Cell: 210-602-2085 (call or text)

    Monica Kortsha

    Assistant Director of Communications
    Monica tells the story of research at the Jackson School. From press releases, to feature stories, to blog posts and tweets, she communicates across a variety of mediums to share scientific findings from the school with the community here in Austin and across the globe. Before joining the Jackson School in 2015, she worked as a feature writer at UT’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, and reported on science and research for a local online news outlet. She is a UT alumna, earning undergraduate degrees in biology and journalism.

    Office: 512-471-2241

    Laura Hernandez Laura Martin

    Laura manages the Jackson School’s visual identity. She creates graphics and layouts for internal and external communications, digital and print media, press releases, and social media, and maintains the Jackson School’s logos and branding guidelines. Originally from Sonora, Texas, she is a graduate of Texas Tech University.


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    Communication Coordinator
    Constantino manages communications for the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, a research unit of the Jackson School of Geosciences. He is happiest when writing about the way worlds works, but gets a kick out of CSS and Illustrator. Before coming to the US, Constantino worked in Turkey and the United Kingdom. He has degrees in psychology and literature, and a master’s in international relations. He also knows a bit about cats and bicycles.

    Cell: 512-574-7376


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    Julia Sames

    Social Media and Communications Coordinator 

    Julia oversees communications for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the academic unit of the Jackson School of Geosciences. Through press releases, social media content, and website copy, Julia tells the stories of students, faculty, and their research at the Jackson School. Before joining this team, Julia worked for a social media marketing agency in Colorado, and for seven years prior was a copy editor and government reporter for the Laredo Morning Times. She hails from San Antonio and has a degree in English literature.


    Members of the media looking for information on the Jackson School or expert sources should contact communications director Anton Caputo or science writer Monica Kortsha at the contact information above.

  • Logos, Powerpoint Template & Branding


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    The Jackson School of Geosciences logo is the primary means by which we are recognized and should appear on all Jackson School communications. Each unit also has an associated logo and may be downloaded and used as outlined in these guidelines in all print and digital. Available file formats include PNG (digital, transparent background), JPG (white background), and EPS (print, transparent background). Logo color options are full color and white.

    Jackson School of Geosciences

    Download: PNG | JPG | EPS

    Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Download: PNG | JPG | EPS

    Bureau of Economic Geology

    Download: PNG | JPG | EPS

    Institute for Geophysics

    Download: PNG | JPG | EPS

    Jackson School Branded Powerpoint template


    Jackson School Brand Standards Manual

  • Researcher & Student Profiles

    Jackson School researcher and student profiles highlight a researcher’s bio, contact info, research, awards, lectures, photos, web links, etc. These profiles are the main source of contact for each Jackson School researcher throughout the Jackson School website. Most contact information is pulled from the UT directory and refreshed nightly. The Jackson School provides profiles for Faculty, Emeritus, Research Scientists, Research Staff, Postdocs and Graduate Students.

    How do I edit my profile?

    You can edit your profile by logging on to our Profile Administration Application. If you have a direct administrative staff or student working with you or your group, you can designate them as an editor of your profile. This will allow them to make edits to your profile on your behalf. Editor designations can be requested by submitting an IT Help Ticket (be sure to include the editor’s name and UT EID).

    Profile Admin URL:

    Request a profile

    All profiles are automatically generated but if you have a unique appointment a profile may not be generated. To request a profile, submit a IT Help Ticket and include your name, UT EID and affiliation type (faculty, emeritus, research scientist, research staff, postdoc or graduate student).

    Profile questions or problems

    If you need assistance or need to report a problem, please submit an IT Help Ticket.

  • Submit a Question for Chat with the Dean

    Submit a question to Chat with the Dean, a monthly video news chat with Jackson School of Geosciences Dean Claudia Mora. All questions will be reviewed by the Jackson School’s Office of Communications.

    Submit Question

  • Photo/Media Release Form