I’m a science writer and internet person with a deep, enduring love for research, storytelling, and ripping into a scientific paper over my morning coffee.
I’m currently employed by the Smithsonian Institution as a web producer, writer and editor for their Ocean Portal website. Since April 2012, our three-person team has built the site into a top education source for the ocean, backed by the scientific expertise of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
I’ve written for The Scientist, Nature Medicine, Scientific American, Popular Science, Refinery 29, Bitch Magazine, Smithsonian.com, CBS’s SmartPlanet, and Genetic Engineering News, covering the breadth of biology—ecology, biomedicine, genetics, and evolution, as well as policy, business, and culture. I’ve written everything from blog posts to news features, Q&As to business briefs.
My scientific background is diverse. I researched the epigenetics of yeast aging at a molecular biology lab at the University of Pennsylvania, studied coastal marine biology on the Oregon coast at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and have done conservation work and ecological research at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in the seaside Wells, Maine. I also studied Latin for a decade and I find it useful each and every day.
If you’re looking for a thorough researcher and writer of clean copy for your next project, contact me at hannah.waters [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet at me @hannahjwaters