Hi, I’m Melissa! I’m the science and technology writer at Nerdist. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or story ideas. I’m also the co-host of Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Contact us at email@example.com if you’re interested in being a guest.
For the last few years, I was a freelance science writer while also taking science communication classes and working full time. The side hustle paid off and is now my full time job! My favorite topic is the intersection of science and science fiction and how pop culture portrays scientists.
Part of scientific training is to observe and report. As an avid user of popular media, I couldn’t help but apply that principle to the TV shows and movies that I watch. Now, more than ever, it’s important that science and scientists be taken seriously. The way both are represented onscreen goes a long way towards shaping people’s opinions.
I see the world through the eyes of a scientist and strive to help others feel that same sense of wonder and exploration. I am not the only scientist in my family – my husband brews beer and my dog investigates local parks, though she is very secretive about her findings.
For a long time, I was a marine technician and science writer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, working in a chemistry lab both onshore and at sea. For a year, I lived aboard the research vessel Sally Ride and wrote over 100 blog posts about living and working at sea.
My older blogs and writing are also here – about science, travel, and beer, as well as fiction novellas and film scripts.
Thanks for checking out my writing.