About Me

glitterheadshotI’m a journalist based in Philadelphia, PA. After training as a biologist, I found that I’m better at studying people studying nature than studying nature myself. Go figure.

I cover science, technology and the environment, with special interests in marine science, wildlife management and personalized medicine. My writing has appeared online or in print at Scientific AmericanSmithsonian Magazine, Vice Motherboard, Audubon, Nautilus, Bitch Magazine, Popular Science, Hakai Magazine, Nature Medicine, The Scientist, and Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, among other outlets. I also write about scientific findings that challenge the traditional human/nature divide on my blog A More Human Nature (currently on hiatus).

For three years, I worked as a writer, editor and web producer at the Ocean Portal at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Previously, I blogged for Scientific American, was science editor at Ladybits, and completed science reporting internships at Nature Medicine and The Scientist.

In my former life as a scientist, I researched the epigenetics of yeast aging, studied the reproduction of an Oregon seabird colony, and chased piping plovers along the Maine coast. 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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