Editorial Team

Siri Carpenter

Siri Carpenter (Co-founder and editor-in-chief) is an award-winning science journalist and editor whose writing and editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, Science, Discover, Scientific American, bioGraphic, Science News, Science News for Students, and many other publications. She has a PhD in psychology from Yale University and began her science-writing career as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers (2018-2020). She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter @SiriCarpenter.

Jeanne Erdmann

Jeanne Erdmann (Co-founder and editor-at-large) is an award-winning health and science journalist whose work has appeared in NatureScience NewsDiscoverReal SimpleFamily CircleWomen’s HealthSpectrumSlateThe Washington PostNature Medicine, among other publications. She is on the executive board of the Association of Health Care Journalists, and is a judge for U.S. Figure Skating. She lives just outside of St. Louis in Wentzville, Missouri. Follow her on Twitter @jeanne_erdmann.

Torie Bosch

Torie Bosch (Senior editor) is the editor of Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, Arizona State University, and New America that explores the intersection of technology, science, policy, and society. She is the co-editor of What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent the Future (2019) and Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow, both published by Unnamed Press. Torie is a graduate of Penn State University, where she majored in English with minors in business, media studies, and Latin. She lives in Arlington, Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @thekibosch.

Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks (Senior editor) handles The Open Notebook’s copyediting and production. He has done freelance editing work for Sapiens, Science News, bioGraphic, and Knowable Magazine, among other publications. He lives with his family in Traverse City, Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @ … um, actually, he doesn’t post anything on Twitter. He is aware of how unprofessional this is, and yet he can’t seem to get himself to start tweeting.

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega
Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (TON en Español editorial director) is an award-winning science journalist. He is a staff writer at Science, and his work has also appeared in NatureThe New York TimesQuantaScience NewsMedscape, and others, both in English and Spanish. He’s a former early-career fellow at The Open Notebook and he works continuously to raise awareness about science and science journalism in Latin America. He is a founding member of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists, is co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the National Association of Science Writers, and is on the board of NASW. He lives in Mexico City. Follow him on Twitter @rpocisv.
Debbie Ponchner

Debbie Ponchner (Spanish translations editor) is an award-winning science journalist based in Costa Rica. She started out as a science reporter for La Nación, the newspaper of record for this Central American country. In 2005 she founded and served as editor of the newspaper’s first daily science and health section, and later was its managing editor and wrote its weekly science column. In 2014 she moved to New York to create and lead the Spanish language website of Scientific American, a project that ran until 2017. She was a 2003–04 Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and is a board member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Follow her on Twitter @debbieponchner.

Jill Sakai

Jill Sakai (Senior editor) is a science writer and editor in Madison, Wisconsin. She is part of the communications team for the Wisconsin Energy Institute and a freelance writer and editor for a variety of publications, including as a contributing editor for Science News for Students. She is a former AAAS Mass Media Fellow and has been a board member of the National Association of Science Writers since 2014. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and playing ultimate frisbee, violin and piano (though not simultaneously). Follow her on Twitter @jill_sakai.

Kelly Tyrrell

Kelly Tyrrell (Engagement editor) is an award-winning science and health writer. She oversees research communications and media relations at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and occasionally writes national freelance health policy stories. She is a former staff reporter at The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware and her work has also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Chicago Tribune, where she was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 2011. Often, you can find her running trails near her home in Madison, Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter @kellyperil.

Katherine J. Wu

Katherine J. Wu (Senior editor) is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where she covers science. She’s a former science reporter for The New York Times and a former early-career fellow at The Open Notebook. Her work has appeared in many outlets, including National GeographicUndarkPopular ScienceScientific American, and Smithsonian, where she was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 2018. She holds a PhD in microbiology and immunobiology from Harvard University, and was the 2020 winner of the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists. Follow her on Twitter @KatherineJWu.

Rachel Zamzow

Rachel Zamzow (Senior editor) is an independent freelance science journalist and editor. She is a contributing writer for the award-winning autism research news site Spectrum. You can also find her work at The Open Notebook, where she was a 2017 early-career fellow, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she was a 2014 AAAS Mass Media Fellow. She lives in Waco, Texas, and spends most of her time chasing around her two young, very energetic sons. Follow her on Twitter @RachelZamzow.

Fellows and Interns

Celia Ford

Celia Ford (Early-career fellow) is a soon-to-be sixth-year PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, where she studies how our brains make sense of the world, and how we update our expectations when the world changes. A TON early-career fellow supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Celia writes for the Berkeley Science Review and makes podcasts with Carry the One Radio and NeuroCinema. In a past life, she was a drive-time alt-rock DJ at 95.5 WBRU FM. In a parallel universe, she is a pole dance instructor, bass guitarist, and devoted cat parent. Follow her on Twitter @cogcelia.

Shi En Kim

Shi En Kim (Early-career fellow) is a freelance science writer who writes just about anything that sparks her fancy. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, Hakai Magazine, Science News, and other outlets. She was an editor for Massive Science and a 2021 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Smithsonian Magazine. During non-pandemic times, Kim enjoys saber fencing and backpacking across alpine terrains—starkly different landscapes from the Malaysian tropics where she was born. She recently finished her PhD in molecular engineering at the University of Chicago, studying in the physics of nanosized objects. Follow her on Twitter @goes_by_kim.

Sarah Luft

Sarah Luft (Intern) is a writer, science reporter, and digital storyteller based in Queens, New York. She is a senior manager of marketing and communications at SeriousFun Children’s Network and a master’s candidate at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. In the engagement journalism program, her focus is on meeting the information needs of people living with long COVID. Sarah has contributed to THE CITY, written about mental health for Lady Gaga’s Channel Kindness, and produced work for The Peace Studio. She is a member of The Wall Street Journal’s 2022 Noted Advisor Cohort. Follow Sarah on Twitter and Instagram @sarahaluft.

Pedro Márquez-Zacarías

Pedro Márquez-Zacarías (Early-career fellow) is a Purépecha evolutionary biologist and a TON early-career fellow sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He is also a science communicator, interested in written and audiovisual media. Pedro graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with a degree in biomedical sciences and is currently a PhD candidate in quantitative biosciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is studying the origins of biological complexity. After graduating, he will be an Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. Follow him on Twitter @PedroM_Z.

Pratik Pawar

Pratik Pawar (Early-career fellow) is an independent science journalist who writes about global health, ecology, and science policy. A TON early-career fellow supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, he lives in Bangalore, India. Pratik’s work has appeared in DiscoverScience NewsThe Wire, and Undark, among other publications. Follow him on Twitter @pratikmpawar.

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