About Me


Hello there! I’m a science writer based in Philadelphia, PA. After training as a biologist, I found that I’m better at studying other people studying nature than studying nature myself. Go figure.

At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, I write, edit and produce the Ocean Portal website, covering ocean science, technology and conservation. I’ve also written articles for The Scientist, Nature Medicine, Scientific American and Bitch Magazine, and the websites of Popular Science, Refinery 29, and Smithsonian Magazine, among other outlets. My work has won awards and recognition, including an appearance on Katie Couric’s The Katie Show and Best Biology Post of the year from ScienceSeeker.

My work covers the breadth of biology—ecology, evolution, genetics, et al.—and its intersections with policy, business, and culture. I’ve written everything from blog posts to news features, Q&As to business briefs. However, I get the biggest thrill from researching and writing about new approaches to conservation, and scientific discoveries that bridge the human and wild worlds. I also have a keen interest in the history of science and the cultural underpinnings of “objective” knowledge production.

Previously, I blogged for Scientific American, was science editor at Ladybits, and interned at Nature Medicine and The Scientist.

In my former life as a scientist, 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 managed wildlife at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in seaside Wells, Maine. I graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Latin. Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.

Tweet at me: @hannahjwaters

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