Meet the science communicators at Science Connected making scientific research accessible by connecting people with projects and findings.
Here at Science Connected we are dedicated to spreading science literacy online. We have been delivering science news to the public since 2014. Our science communicators translate peer-reviewed research findings into accessible insights on science, nature, and technology. Any personal views expressed in this publication are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily represent those of other contributors, editors, or Science Connected. We strive to uphold high standards of journalistic integrity. To that end, we follow the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Behind the Scenes
Social Media Specialist: Ruth Clark
Ruth is a solo world traveler, writer, teacher, and social media extraordinaire. Her work focuses on travel, wellness, and authentic living. She currently calls Denver home and finds joy in world travel, wandering the woods, hanging with her siblings, and social justice.
Development Coordinator: Kelly Derham
Kelly started in science communication by writing about her own graduate research. Originally from the Bay Area, she now teaches biology and anatomy in Philadelphia and is committed to both formal and informal science education. She also enjoys traveling, running, and playing frisbee with her dog.
Copy Editor: Jamie Johnson
Jamie Johnson is a copy editor, proofreader, and word nerd. In their free time, they can often be found hiking, reading, or talking to cats (all three on a good day).
Copy Editor: Malgorzata Pachol
Malgorzata is a freelance nonfiction copy editor and proofreader with a grand enthusiasm for English words, grammar, punctuation, and cohesive publications free of error. In her spare time, she cultivates her interest in veganism, racial injustices, social psychology, mental and physical well-being, and the practice and philosophy of yoga.
Copy Editor: Natalie Roth
Natalie is a freelance copy editor with a curiosity for how things work and a careful eye for presenting ideas clearly. Her work centers on promoting education, and in her spare time she likes to cook, travel, and volunteer.
Editor in Chief: Kate Stone
Kate is a teacher-turned-journalist and SEO specialist with 20 years of experience in print and digital journalism and science communication. She is passionate about spreading science literacy and social good.
Alexandra Weigand is a third year PhD student in the San Diego State University/University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working with Dr. Mark Bondi. Her current research focuses on identifying early brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease and reducing Alzheimer’s risk. Outside of the lab, she works to promote positive mental health among graduate students and to improve science communication with the nonscientific community.
Angie Lo is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, currently majoring in Physiology and English. When not writing or studying, she can be found drawing cartoons, reading poetry, or cracking her tenth corny science pun of the day.
Dr. Cathy Seiler is the manager of the Biobank Core Facility at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Boston University and her PhD at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, studying cancer. In her spare time, Cathy is the editor for ISBER News and writes about science and the life of a scientist on her blog Things I Tell My Mom.
Emily Folk is a sustainability and green tech writer. Her goal is to help people become more informed about the world around them and how they fit into it. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.
Emily is a professional science journalist and municipal water resources educator. Her goal is to make science accessible and interesting for everyone. She has worked as an outdoor environmental educator, science teacher, and professional communicator and trainer. You can follow her on Twitter @riseandsci.
Emily is a researcher, author, paleontological illustrator, and nature photographer with a passion for anything and everything with feathers. Her work—ranging from paleoart to science communication on evolution—has been featured in journals, books, and museums around the world. Her artwork, photography, and social media links can be found on emilywilloughby.com. She is currently working toward a graduate degree in cognitive psychology.
Jacqueline is a Brazilian biologist who works mainly with plant ecology, biogeography and phylogenetics. She has an MSc in Environmental Sciences and became a science writer in order to communicate about the current environmental and ecological crises. When not researching or writing, she likes to climb rocks and be outdoors.
Jessica Breavington is a student at Durham University studying Natural Sciences in biology, geography, and earth science. As an extensive traveler, she has observed first-hand the human impacts on the environment and the effect of climate change on the natural world. She writes more about her studies and experiences in her blog at www.anthroment.com.
Jocelyn Solis-Moreira is a science journalist and writer who currently works in academic publishing. She holds a master’s degree in neuroscience and enjoys reporting on the latest research discoveries and writing about them in a digestible and enjoyable format. Connect with her via Twitter @ScienceSaiyan.
Dr. Jonathan Trinastic earned his PhD in physics at the University of Florida. He is interested in renewable energy technology and sustainable energy policies, as well as living by Ernst Schumacher’s mantra that “small is beautiful.” Read more of Jonathan’s work at his personal blog, Goodnight Earth, and follow him on Twitter @jptrinastic. All views expressed are solely his own and do not reflect those of his employer.
Li Tong Low is a research assistant and a science communicator engaged in research translation. She has a background in psychology and her current project focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of neurodevelopmental conditions. Li enjoys reading about health-related research and writing about the scientific discoveries for the public.
Mackenzie Myers Fowler is a science writer, avid knitter, and former field station ragamuffin. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing but would be a soil scientist if she could do it all over again. She lives in Michigan with her husband, her cat and a plethora of houseplants.
Max contributes wildlife and other photography to Science Connected. He grew up in the northern Chicago suburbs and is currently studying aerospace engineering at Iowa State University. In addition to being an award-winning photographer, Max enjoys flying radio-controlled planes and engineering his own RC creations. You can view his extensive photography portfolio on Flickr.
Megan Ray Nichols is a STEM writer who covers industrial and scientific topics. She has four years experience covering these industries writing for sites like Thomas, IoT Times, IndustryWeek and Discover Magazine. Megan also writes easy to understand science articles on her blog, Schooled By Science, to encourage others to take an interest in these subjects.
Neha is a Science Connected Magazine staff journalist based in Hong Kong who has a passion for sharing science with everyone. She writes about biology, conservation, and sustainable living. She has worked in a cancer research lab and facilitated science learning among elementary school children through fun, hands-on experiments. Visit her blog Life Science Exploration to read more of her intriguing posts on unusual creatures and our shared habitat. Follow Neha on Twitter @lifesciexplore.
Shelby Nilsen writes research-backed health and science content for lay audiences. Her work focuses on climate change, public health, and the intersection of science with daily life. She is a full-time traveler, pathology enthusiast, and lover of bad puns. Connect with Shelby via her website.
Steven Spence contributes photography and general science articles to Science Connected. His extensive body of work in nature photography is both beautiful and informative. He enjoys photography, nature, and science, and is an avid fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Steven researches his subjects, showcases his concerns about the environment, and advocates for more biodiversity and fewer pesticides in agriculture.