I tell ocean stories. Specifically, I hold an M.Sc. in physical oceanography and I have over ten years of writing experience, which make up my arsenal for creating stories that draw my readers in and keep them to the end.
Stories can be feature length articles, such as covering research programs, or shorter news stories, such as describing new publications or successful deployments. I also create easy-to-absorb web content.
Please get in touch – I'd love to help you tell your ocean stories.
News or feature length articles for a variety of audiences, including ocean industry, ocean scientists, and the public
Background research based on peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, etc.
Interviews in person or by phone with ocean experts, including transcriptions
Website content tailored to a specific audience
Digestible takeaways or summaries of presentations, publications, etc.
Editing and copyediting
what I bring to the stories I tell
I love writing, giving attention to each word and phrase and paragraph, and building great stories out of scientific work. Alongside my over 10 years of writing experience, I hold an honours degree in physics from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, and a masters of science in physical oceanography from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I can talk oceans talk, and use my knowledge and experience to write ocean stories that engage your readers.
High quality content
Short turn-around times
Ease of communication
Attention to detail
Why oceanography is so cool!
Oceanography is a physical, tactile field, and all parts of the oceans have personalities that humans connect to. My experience in oceanography is anomalous in that I came to it with no knowledge, not even that of intuition: I began my masters in Physical Oceanography at Dalhousie having only seen the oceans several times. So I was in awe of that fluid’s complex dynamics and of the ingenious ways we study it. One professor said, 'Space! That’s nothing. That’s a change in pressure of one atmosphere. We deal with an increase of one atmosphere per ten metres of depth.’ At the bottom of the Atlantic ocean, that’s about 400 times the pressure change of going into space.
What’s equally amazing is how the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, and geology are intertwined. If you study marine animals, for instance, their movements are affected by currents, e.g., a relaxing sea turtle is still likely to be going someplace. Studying Oceanography means incorporating many seemingly disparate topics. It’s not about taking an interest in the place where, for instance, chemistry meets physics; it’s that in the oceans, one is part of the other.
A sense of wonder at the oceans and their processes is what I strive to bring out in my writing, so my clients can share engaging stories with their readers.
In the news
The University of Waterloo Physics Department, where I did my undergraduate degree, did a story about me for The Entangler. Fun!