Meet the Newest TON/Burroughs Wellcome Fund Fellows

logo-bwfWe are delighted to announce the latest recipients of our second round of fellowships for early-career science journalists, made possible by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

In a large pool of outstanding applicants, Geoffrey Giller’s and Julia Rosen’s story ideas and ongoing efforts to expand their science journalism skills and knowledge stood out. TON readers will get to know them and their work in the coming months, but for now, here’s a little bit about Geoff and Julia:

Geoffrey Giller
Geoffrey Giller Courtesy of Geoffrey Giller

Geoffrey Giller, who will begin his TON/BWF fellowship this month, is a freelance writer and photographer and a recent graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He especially enjoys writing about amphibians, ecology, and natural history. You can follow him on Twitter @GeoffreyGiller and see some of his photography at his website.


Julia Rosen
Julia Rosen


Julia Rosen, who will begin her fellowship in March, is a freelance science writer based in Portland, Oregon. She loves to write about earth science, energy, climate, and food, although she can get interested in just about anything. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, where she worked as an AAAS Mass Media Fellow, EARTH MagazineEos, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @ScienceJulia.

We’re delighted to welcome Geoff and Julia to The Open Notebook. We’re also thrilled to have enlisted the services of two terrific journalists who will serve as their mentors and editors:

April Reese
April Reese Peter Weiss

April Reese, who will work with Geoff, is an associate editor at Discover magazine. During her 15-year career, she has written about science, environmental policy, politics, and music for numerous publications, including Greenwire, Land Letter, High Country News,,, and Trend magazine. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter @areesesantafe.



Cameron Walker
Cameron Walker Courtesy of Cameron Walker

Cameron Walker, who will be Julia’s mentor, is a writer in Santa Barbara, California. Her work has appeared in Discover, Aeon, Cancer Today, and elsewhere. She is a regular at The Last Word on Nothing, a blog about science and other interesting things. Follow Cameron on Twitter @camonthecoast.


We look forward to great things from this talented crew.

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