SiriCarpenterSiri Carpenter (Co-founder and editor-in-chief) is an award-winning freelance science journalist, contract editor for bioGraphic and for Science News for Students, and former features editor at Discover magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times, ScienceScientific American, Scientific American Mind, Science News, and many other publications. She is vice president of the National Association of Science Writers. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jeanne ErdmannJeanne Erdmann (Co-founder and editor-at-large) is an award-winning health and science writer based in Wentzville, Missouri. Her work has appeared in Discover, Women’s Health, Aeon, Slate, The Washington PostNature Medicine, and Nature, among other publications. She is on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists. She lives in Wentzville, Missouri.


AaronBrooksAaron Brooks (Associate editor) is a freelance editor and writer. His two degrees in English have rendered him capable of expressing, in strikingly felicitous prose, why he should’ve studied biology instead. He loves to run and swim and ski, he loves to partake of exotic fare in far-flung locales, he loves his family, but most of all he loves science writing. Aaron lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where he can often be found chopping wood and carrying water.


Board of Directors

SiriCarpenterSiri Carpenter (President)




Jeanne ErdmannJeanne Erdmann (Vice President and Secretary)




Julie RehmeyerJulie Rehmeyer (Treasurer) is a math and science writer and a contributing editor for Discover magazine. Her memoir, Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer’s Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand, which describes the science, history, and politics of chronic fatigue syndrome and other poorly understood illnesses, will be published by Rodale in May 2017. She has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostWiredScience News, and many other magazines and newspapers. She wrote the “Math Trek” column for Science News and the “Equation” column for Wired.

Alexandra Witze

Alexandra Witze is a contributing correspondent for Nature and Science News magazines. She writes news and features, primarily about the earth sciences, from her base in Boulder, Colorado. With her husband Jeff Kanipe, she is the author of Island on Fire, a book about the extraordinary 18th-century eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki (Pegasus Books, 2015). Alex is a nationally known science writer whose awards include top journalism prizes from the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, the American Meteorological Society, and the National Association of Science Writers. Among other places her reporting has taken her to the North Pole, to an earthquake zone in China, and to Maya ruins in the Guatemalan jungle.

finkbeinerAnn Finkbeiner is a freelance science writer based in Baltimore. She writes most regularly for Science and Nature, usually about science advising and astronomy.  She wrote A Grand and Bold Thing, The Jasons, and After the Death of a Child; and co-authored The Guide to Living with HIV Infection. She is proud co-proprietor of a group blog, The Last Word on Nothing.