Welcome to Our 2023 Early-Career Fellows!

Humberto Basilio, Darren Incorvaia, and Giuliana Viglione Humberto Basilio/Darren Incorvaia/Katherine J. Wu


We’re thrilled to introduce our newest early-career fellows, Humberto Basilio, Darren Incorvaia, and Giuliana Viglione. With generous support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Humberto, Darren, and Giuliana will each spend ten months working with individual mentors and the TON editorial team to report and write articles on the craft of science journalism for The Open Notebook.

Over the past nine years, our fellows have written more than 100 stories for TON, which have been read by tens of thousands of people in almost every country in the world; you can read stories by previous fellows here. The science writing community will get to know Humberto, Darren, and Giuliana in the coming months, but for now, here’s a little bit about each of them:

Humberto Basilio is a Mexican science and environmental journalist based in Mexico City. His work appears in SciDev.Net, World Wildlife Magazine, and he currently leads the Eos Magazine Mexico City bureau. He is a member of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists and the Oxford Climate Journalism Network (Reuters Institute/ Oxford University). Humberto likes to write about the impacts of the climate crisis on the world’s most vulnerable populations. When he is not writing, he spends his time tending his plants. Follow him on Twitter @HumbertoBasilio.

Darren Incorvaia is a writer and comedian who writes about the natural world. He earned a PhD in ecology, evolution, and behavior from Michigan State University in 2021, with a dissertation on bumblebee behavior. He has since written freelance stories for Discover MagazineScience NewsScientific American, and The New York Times, mostly about exciting new discoveries in the animal kingdom. He currently writes and performs comedy around Chicago, and studied sketch writing at The Second City. He is looking forward to growing as a science writer during the fellowship so he can more effectively share his love of his favorite animal (all of them) with the world. Follow him on Twitter @MegaDarren.

Giuliana Viglione is a Washington, DC-based science and climate journalist. She is currently an editor at Carbon Brief, where she leads the team’s coverage of food, land use, and biodiversity. Her work has appeared in NatureChemical & Engineering NewsGizmodoDiscover, and other outlets, and she was a 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at King 5 News. Giuliana earned her PhD in oceanography at Caltech, where she co-founded the science communication outlet Caltech Letters. She is happiest on a boat or reading a book, and preferably doing both at the same time. Follow her on Twitter @GAViglione.

We’re proud to be working with this talented group of journalists. Please join us in welcoming them all to the TON team!

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