completed a BSc (geology and geophysics) at the University of Sydney in 1973 and then worked for 15 years in the petroleum exploration industry, mainly in Australia and Southeast Asia. He then worked for the Western Australian government from 1988 to 2004, where he edited geoscience books and maps published by the Geological Survey of Western Australia and, in later years, managed their publication section. Since 2004 Alex has been a freelance editor working mainly with authors in the fields of earth and environmental science.
Margaret Gardiner-Garden has a BSc in biology and a PhD in molecular biology from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. For over 20 years, she worked as a molecular biologist and a bioinformatician at various medical and scientific institutes in Sydney, including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Children's Medical Research Institute, and the Garvan Institute. She specialises in molecular biology, genetics, and genomics, but has experience in many fields of medical
research. She has a special interest in data analysis and data presentation. Margaret has worked with ELSS since 2009 and currently lives in Sydney with her husband, son, and Brittany Spaniel.
has more than 20 years experience as a scientific editor and technology-transfer specialist (7 years with the Canadian Forest Service, 10 years with FERIC.ca, and 4 years as a freelancer). In 2007, Geoff was named a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication
, the world's largest professional group of technical communicators, in recognition of his work as a teacher and mentor, and for his work in international communication of science. He has given lectures and workshops on writing for journals, scientific communication, editing, and translation to graduate students and working professionals in North America and China, and his talks have consistently rated within the top 5 to 10% at conferences.
received a BA in biology and an MS in marine studies from the University of Delaware. His PhD in oceanography is from the University of Hawaii. His background includes research in and practical applications of shellfish and finfish aquaculture, wetland ecology, and marine microbiology. He has participated in oceanographic research cruises in the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans and currently resides in southern New Jersey, USA.
received his A.B in chemistry (1967) and Ph.D. in chemical physics (1972) from Harvard University. After spending three years as an instructor in the oceanography department at Florida State University, he joined the oceanography department at the University of Hawaii in 1974, where he worked for the next 30 years. In 2005 he joined the newly formed School of the Coast & Environment at Louisiana State University, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of two textbooks, one on mathematical methods for oceanographers, and the other on aquatic pollution. The latter has been translated into both Japanese and Chinese.
earned her B.S. in chemistry (minor in English) from Penn State University and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). She wrote, edited and managed scientific grants at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX before becoming Assistant Director of grant and program development within the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science at UT-Austin. She is also a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Jennifer’s areas of editing expertise include analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, nanoscience and surface science/catalysis.
received a bachelor's degree in veterinary science in 1979 from the University of Sydney. After several years in small animal veterinary practice she began working as a medical writer for Sterling Pharmaceuticals in Sydney; she later became a science editor for the NSW Government. In 1989 she gained an Associate Diploma in Health Sciences. She is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has been a freelance science editor since 1990.
Virginia M. (Ginger) Peschke earned MS and PhD degrees in Plant Breeding from the University of Minnesota. She then spent 15 years as a plant genetics researcher in both university and industry settings, with hands-on experience ranging from molecular biology in the laboratory to crop yield testing in the field. In 2005, Ginger became a self-employed writer and editor, and she is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. She has written and edited journal manuscripts, laboratory protocols, and teaching materials for academic and corporate laboratories, science publishers, and individual authors. Ginger lives near Saint Louis, Missouri, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
Naomi L Ruff
earned a PhD in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego, as well as a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland. In 2000, after 15 years of research in genetics, plant biochemistry, cancer biology, and neuroscience laboratories, she became a full-time science editor and writer. She has been certified as an editor by the Board of Editors in Life Sciences and has edited hundreds of journal manuscripts, grant applications, and other documents for researchers and physicians, including many written by non-native speakers of English.
(ELS) received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University and a master's degree, also in chemistry, from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, she worked for several years as a synthetic organic chemist in the agricultural chemicals industry. She has been a freelance editor of books and journal articles since 1991, working on a wide variety of topics, including sociology, cultural studies, paleontology, ornithology, popular science, and quilting and other crafts. She is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has been with ELSS since 2000, specializing in organic chemistry and biochemistry and dabbling in her new favorite subject, molecular biology. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband, two teenage children, three cats, and innumerable computers and bicycles. Carlotta blogs about research writing at: The Scientist's English
(MS, ELS-D) has a bachelor's degree in agricultural science from the University of Sydney and a master's degree in agricultural extension from the University of Western Sydney. He has worked as a scientific editor for over 20 years, and with ELSS since 1995. Matthew holds the highest accreditation in scientific editing, and is author of a book called Subtleties of Scientific Style
. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife, two sons and two cats.
earned her B.Sc. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Manchester, UK. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, and subsequently joined their Department of Scientific Editing. From there, she became Assistant Director of Scientific Relations for Bayer Corporation. In 2003, she began life as a freelance scientific editor and medical writer. Sue is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences and has completed the American Medical Writers Association's core curriculum in Editing/Writing. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughter, son, and Siberian Husky.
grew up in the UK and earned a BA in zoology at Oxford University and postgrad diploma in social anthropology at the London School of Economics. He has lived in Japan since 1976, working at first as an assistant to animal writer Masanori Hata 'Mutsugoro', and then from 1980 as a producer of Hata's famous TV documentary series on animals, with particular responsibility for overseas filming, while also penning a number of books in both Japanese and English. Jeremy has been translating professionally since 1998, and specializes in bio- and environment-related material. He lives in idyllic rural surroundings in Nagano, Japan, with wife Chiyo, dog, cat and four increasingly absent kids.
earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Auckland (New Zealand). Subsequently, he studied at Tokyo University and received an M.S. in chemistry in 1990. He has been a translator since 1991, and working with ELSS since 2004. He is currently based in Singapore. His interests include fitness, stamp collecting, miniature bottle collecting, and last but not least motorsport. He competed as a navigator in the World Rally Championship (WRC) three times, of course alongside a Japanese driver, and has also raced on ice in Japan and at numerous circuits in Japan including Tsukuba Circuit.