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I'm a researcher-turned-freelance-science-writer based in Seattle, WA. I translate scientific research for the insatiably curious, write about research-backed solutions to real-world problems, and crack really terrible jokes.

I have a Master's in disease biology from the University of Leeds, UK. I was all geared up to pursue my PhD, but I realized I felt like a landscape artist stuck painting detailed miniature portraits. When my contract as a research scientist dried up, I took the opportunity to dive into science writing -- and I haven't looked back.

My first published piece on antibiotic resistance appeared in The Conversation in early 2018, and was re-published in the Chicago Tribune. Since then, I’ve written about STEM culture and synthetic biology for SynBioBeta News, mental health and green space for YES! Magazine, Afghan girls' education for the nonprofit Global Washington, marine reserve design for Hakai, and malaria drug resistance for The Scientist. I am also a fact-checker for Discover and Cancer Today, a freelancer for WebMD, and I run a monthly Medium newsletter for the Seattle-based educational technology startup Curio Interactive. My piece on ADHD, published on Medium in August 2018, was chosen as a featured article for the front page and recorded as an audible article. It received over 33K "claps" (Medium's "like" metric), and amassed more than 90,000 views and counting.


Science communication has renewed my passion for the field. I can finally "zoom out" and re-discover the many subjects outside my narrow specialty: ecology, evolution, mental health, vaccines, drug resistance, marine biology, parasites, sustainable biotech, and bugs. Best of all, I get to play a part in enhancing public science literacy, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of the issues that plague us.

Le Cirque de Gavarnie, French Pyrénées

I grew up on Zoobooks, Nat Geo, and the unapologetically detailed human anatomy textbooks my mom had in nursing school. I hope to leave my readers with that same perfect combination of wonder and unblushing curiosity.

When I'm not glued to my laptop, I'm hiking with my husband, kayaking, gardening, playing and teaching piano, watching British TV dramas, or taking pictures of my Boston terrier and my son, Otto, who was born in April 2019. I am also a Science Communication Fellow at the Pacific Science Center, where I designed an activity that uses a jury-rigged Plinko board to show how herd immunity works.

Carcassonne, France

Isle of Raasay, Scottish Highlands

Grindelwald First, Swiss Alps

Warsaw, Poland

Gorges du Tarn, France

Vaxholm, Sweden

© 2018 by Natalie Jones Slivinski