Editor of The Volunteer Monitor
worked as a science writer and editor for almost 20 years, and since 1990 I’ve
been the editor of The Volunteer Monitor newsletter,
a national publication about citizen monitoring of all things water-related:
rivers, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries, including their shores and watersheds.
Essentially a “trade journal,” the newsletter features useful how-to articles
by and for practitioners. In the volunteer monitoring world, the term “citizen
science” isn’t used much (although that may be changing). However, articles in
The Volunteer Monitor frequently talk about both
comparisons, data quality) and citizenship (using the data to protect and
improve the environment, a.k.a. “data to action”).|
As a writer and editor, I think a lot about
how to write something that people will want to read. My latest project is a techniques
workshop, “Writing to Be Read,” specifically designed to help people at environmental
agencies and nonprofits improve their chances of being read.
I have an M.A. in microbiology, which explains why The Volunteer Monitor has so many articles about methods for testing E. coli.