A few of our roster editors & translators

A few of our roster editors & translators

President and Editor-in-Chief

Rick_WeisburdRick Weisburd grew up in New York and earned his B.S. in biology (minor in chemistry) from the State University of New York at Albany. His PhD is in oceanography (University of Hawaii at Manoa).  Since moving to Japan in 1990, Rick did research for 6 years at the National Institute for Environmental Studies and then taught and did research at the University of Tsukuba biology department for 9 years. In 2006 he resigned from the university to assume the presidency of ELSS, Inc. Rick is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has taught research writing at various research institutions every year since 1996. He served as Councilor for Exam Development for the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences from 2011 to 2017. Rick lives with his wife in Tsukuba, Japan. 


Andrew Alden
Andrew Alden has more than 35 years experience as a scientific editor that began with rigorous training as a staff editor at the U.S. Geological Survey. There he also participated in fieldwork and research cruises in California and Alaska. He has worked as a freelance editor since the early 1980s, focusing exclusively on geoscience books and journal articles. He is a longtime member of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, subscribing to their journals and regularly attending their regional and national meetings. Andrew has also been writing about the full range of Earth science for About.com since its launch in 1997. This experience has given him intimate knowledge of scientific communication as an editor, reader, and writer. Andrew holds a BA in Earth science from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Oakland, California, between the Hayward and San Andreas faults.
Alexandra V. (Sasha) Andreeva has an MSc in Biology/Biochemistry, a PhD in Chemistry, and 35 years in science. She worked as a Named Investigator in Oxford (UK) and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Pharmacology and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (USA). She has contributed in chloroplast biology, membrane trafficking, endothelial signaling, and protein phosphorylation; she has authored about 60 papers, reviews, and book chapters and peer reviewed for such journals as PloS One, BMC Genomics, and Plant Physiology. She has been editing for ELSS since 2012. Sasha is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS; 2015) and has served on the BELS exam development committee since 2017. She is multilingual, enjoys traveling and is currently based in Oxford. 
Lisa DiDonato Brousseau (MS, ELS) earned a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Rochester. At Arizona State University, she earned a M.S. in zoology and a Graduate Certificate in Scholarly Publishing. She also earned a Certificate  in Technical Writing from Portland Community College and is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. Lisa has been working as a freelance copyeditor since 1995, with clients ranging from the journal Evolution to university presses to individual scientists working in a broad range of fields. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two sons, and two old cats.
Gen Del Raye grew up in Kyoto, Japan and earned his B.S. and M.S. in biology from Stanford University. His PhD is in oceanography (University of Hawaii at Manoa). His background includes fish ecophysiology, climate change impacts, and exercise physiology. He has been working as a freelance translator and editor since 2015. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Robert Dennen received his BS (2008) in geology from Virginia Tech and dual MS degrees (2011) in geology from SUNY University at Buffalo and Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France), focusing on physical volcanology. He worked as a writer/editor and research assistant at the Global Volcanism Program (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History). Robert began his career as a freelance Earth science editor in 2015, and maintains an active interest in current research in volcanology and igneous petrology.
Alex Forbes 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.
 Robert Freeman is a BELS-certified editor specializing in pharmaceuticals and the life sciences. Robert spent many happy years at the University of Western Australia exploring as many different areas of the sciences as he could before graduating in 1987 with a BSc (ostensibly majoring in computer science and theoretical linguistics, but with the greater part of his time spent studying Japanese). Of his subsequent 8 years or so in Japan, 5 were spent at the Mishima Institute for Dermatological Research (三嶋皮膚科学研究所) in Kobe studying molecular biology and honing his craft of scientific editing. In January 1995, the Great Hanshin Earthquake destroyed the lab and Robert returned to Australia. Robert has been working as a freelance editor ever since. Robert currently lives on a farm in the southwest of Western Australia with his wife and 2 children plus 15 sheep, 20 chickens, 2 cows, and 2 goats.
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.
Geoffrey Hart  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.

Dave Jones 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.
 Edward Laws 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.

Ann Munroe 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.

Carlotta Shearson (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

Matthew Stevens  (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.

Bob Wathen has more than 30 years experience in academic editing and has edited for ELSS since 2006. He specializes in economics and in multidisciplinary areas where socioeconomics and science intersect, including climate change, energy and natural resources, and sustainable development. Bob has worked for universities, research organizations, government agencies, and publishers throughout the world. He earned degrees in economics and chemistry from the University of Illinois and was certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences in 1994. 

Kim Woolcock has been working in science communication for over ten years. She earned her Master’s degree in biology from Duke University, specializing in the evolution of plants and fungi. After graduation, she combined her interests in science and writing (she had previously earned a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of British Columbia) to direct the set-up of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC, which included the excavation, cleaning, and installation of Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton. Kim began working as a freelance science writer and editor in 2011, writing article summaries for Springer Nature and editing manuscripts for non-native speakers of English. She lives on a small island off the coast of BC with her husband, son, dog, and chickens. 


ELSS translator Jeremy AngelJeremy Angel 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.
Gen Del Raye grew up in Kyoto, Japan and earned his B.S. and M.S. in biology from Stanford University. His PhD is in oceanography (University of Hawaii at Manoa). His background includes fish ecophysiology, climate change impacts, and exercise physiology. He has been working as a freelance translator since 2015. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Bob Kawaratani earned a BA in biology from Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna College) and an MA in biology and Doctor of Environmental Science and Engineering (D.Env.) from UCLA. He worked for electric power industry research institutes in the United States and Japan for fifteen years followed by twenty years at Swedish and American multinational packaging companies as an environmental specialist and manager in Japan. Bob has worked with ELSS since 2008 and is a Senior Collaborator with the wave power generator development team at the University of Tokyo.

Stephen Moore 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.