10 Science Writers to Watch

Growing and strengthening the scientific community is a key factor in the sustainability and progression of great science, and journalists play a large role because they are able to reach the masses in myriad ways. Scientific journalism is another area in which women are making great strides toward equality with men, and we have a list of key scientific journalists, women and men, to keep your eye on.

1. Maryn McKenna

Specializing in public health and global health, Maryn is a common contributor to popular science publications such as Nature and Scientific American, as well as mainstream outlets SELF, Slate, and The Guardian. Her most recent book, SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA received the 2013 June Roth Memorial Book Award from the American Society of Journalists.

Most recent article for Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/feed_the_world/2014/04/antibiotics_in_chicken_vencomatic_patio_system_makes_birds_healthier_drug.html

2. Carl Zimmer

One of the most well-known science journalists, Carl writes for publications such as the NY Times and Popular Science. He has also authored over 5 books, including Parasite Rex, Soul Made Flesh, and The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution. Carl is also a lecturer at Yale.

Recent article for NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/15/science/when-predators-vanish-so-does-the-ecosystem.html?_r=0

3. David Dobbs: 

David is currently working on a book due out in 2015 called The Orchid and the Dandelion, about the genetic and cultural roots of temperament. He is also a regular contributor to National Geographic, Pacific Standard and Aeon.

Recent essay: http://aeon.co/magazine/nature-and-cosmos/why-its-time-to-lay-the-selfish-gene-to-rest/


4. Emily Anthes: 

With a Master’s degree in science writing from MIT, it is expected that Emily would be a go-to journalists for major publications like Discover, BBC Future, Psychology Today and Popular Science. She has also been featured on various radio programs and podcasts such as Virtually Speaking Science and Scientific American’s Science Talk.

Link to new book: http://www.emilyanthes.com/index.php?id=frankensteinscat

5. Christie Wilcox: 

In addition to her research on evolutionary biology, Christie is a freelance writer with the goal to serve as a direct link to the science field and the general public. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and volunteers with various outreach organizations to boost science awareness in the younger generation.

Link to blog: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/#.U4NLTPl_uSo


Article for YouBeauty.com: http://www.youbeauty.com/skin/climate-change-effects-on-skin

6. DeLene Beeland: 

Growing up with a deep love of nature, DeLene began her writing career with natural history and evolution. She is now an independent non-fiction writer, and her first book was released in 2010, The Secret World of Red Wolves. DeLene is also a member of the National Association for Science Writers.

Article feature: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/20/4848504/dogged-detection-nc-state-professor.html#.U4NMWPl_uSp

7. Hank Campbell: 

Hank has written for the LA Times, USA Today, New Scientist, and others. He is also the founder of Science 2.0, a science communication platform for scientists and the general public to have meaningful dialogue about various science issues without unwarranted limitations.


8. Robert Krulwich: 

Robert is a science correspondent for NPR and the co-host of Radiolab, which is a nationally distributed podcast series that covers new scientific developments. He specializes in complex subjects, and his blog Krulwich Wonders features cartoons, drawing and videos that illustrate these hard to comprehend topics.

Link to his blog: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/

Most recent podcast: http://www.radiolab.org/story/taung-child/


9. Deborah Blum: 

Deborah began her writing career contributing to various publications such as The Sacramento Bee, The Macon Telegraph and the St. Petersburg Times, and her first book was based on her influential series of articles on ethics in primate research. The series and subsequent book is entitled The Monkey Wars. Her most recent book, The Poinsoner’s Handbook, was published in 2010 and Deborah is also a now a regular contributor to Nature, New Scientist and the Los Angeles Times.


Most recent book: http://deborahblum.com/Books.html

Link to blog: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/category/poison-pen/


10. Ethan Siegel: 

Ethan has an PhD in theoretical astrophysics and is passionate about bringing the story of the natural history of the universe to mainstream international audiences. He is currently a professor at the University of Portland.

Link to blog: http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/author/esiegel/

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