Scientist to science writer

It began as an adventure, of the flying kind. The smell of jet fuel and the constant engine roar in the quilted interior of the de Havilland Beaver reminded me of the Arctic. Of travelling three hours by Twin Otter to a remote glacier site, then waiting anxiously two months later, in fog and rainy…

Science writer or nature writer?

I have a guest post up today on the Canadian Science Writers’ Association blog – thanks to Colin Schultz for editorial suggestions that helped clarify my thinking. “I came to science writing (and joined CSWA) because it seemed a natural fit for my combined love of writing and my training as an environmental scientist. Lately,…

On Scientists Writing Well

I enjoy reviewing a well-written paper, and strongly believe that it doesn’t matter how great your science is if you can’t communicate it to others. Sometimes I think I may be in the minority on this one. A few weeks ago I was ‘talking’ with Alison Borealis about good scientific writing. We were discussing the…