Autumn Oczkowski made headlines earlier this month, not for her science, but for the fact that EPA leadership told her she couldn’t present that science at a conference about the future of Narragansett Bay. EPA leadership never said why they made that decision, but many assumed it was because climate change would be a major theme. A week later, though, Oczkowski was allowed to present her research at a different conference. It got us wondering what it’s like to be a government researcher when your science is caught in the political cross-hairs. We speak to Autumn Oczkowski, Research Ecologist in EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory.