REBECCA DZOMBAK

I write about science and society.

Translating science for the public and sharing scientists' stories
Science communication does a crucial job: it links research - and the scientists who carry it out - to the public. Everyone, from curious elementary school kids to policymakers, uses it. The most effective and, arguably, important science writing isn't just about clearly conveying new scientific information - it's about the narrative of how science is done and who's doing it. Through my writing, I aim not only to inform my readers, but also to show the personal side of science and connect it to current events and culture.

Looking critically at the intersection of academia, race, and gender

Academia, and science fields in particular, remain lacking in racial and socioeconomic diversity. I'm curious about how media coverage of scientists reflects those biases (as well as others, like ableism and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment). What portrait of science and academia do the media paint? How might that influence perceptions of who is welcome in and successful at science?

Environmental science and social justice

I am also interested in how society interacts with and is directly & indirectly shaped by research and policy - again, through the intersectional lenses of race and gender. I'm looking forward to writing more about this in the future - contact me if you'd like to collaborate on a project!

Select freelance writing

For a full list of work, go here.

Image by Ryan Wallace
FIELD CAMPS ARE ABLEIST AND OUTDATED
Notebook and Pen
ADJUSTING EXPECTATIONS DURING A PANDEMIC
Image by Austin Langlois
FINGERPRINTING EARLY LIFE ON LAND
Ground Coffee
OUR BACK-UP COFFEE BEAN MIGHT NOT BE RELIABLE
Abstract Surface
ARCTIC WARMING AFFECTS THE WHOLE PLANET
Pier in the Lake
LAKE HURON'S WINDOW TO AN ANCIENT WORLD
Mountain Landscape
MICROPLASTICS ARE EVERYWHERE
Bees at Work
HEATWAVES ARE BAD NEWS FOR BEES
Image by Andy Holmes
USING STAR 'POLLUTION' TO FIND PLANETS LIKE EARTH
Image by Bundo Kim
ANCIENT CATS JUST LIKED US FOR THE SNACKS
Pack of Fish
66-MILLION-YEAR-OLD SABRE-TOOTHED ANCHOVY

Select organizational writing

Walking on Campus
RESILIENT SENIORS ADAPT TO FINISH THESES
Image by Andrzej Kryszpiniuk
DUST MAY HAVE CONTROLLED HUMAN CIVILIZATION
Image by Sharon McCutcheon
A NEW GENERATION OF QUEER GEOSCIENTISTS

Editing work

I founded and serve as editor-in-chief for the Michigan AWIS blog, which I created to elevate the voices of women in STEM in the Michigan community. We provide these women a platform to share their stories and highlight the work they're doing with the aim of increasing visibility of diverse voices in STEM. I also edit for Michigan Science Writers. I find it incredibly rewarding to help people craft their stories the way they want them to be told.

I love helping people find their narrative and (nerd alert) editing pieces to ensure stories are told smoothly and with the author's intended effect. Let me know if I can help you!

Image by Nikita Kachanovsky
POST-DOC DOUBT WORKING AT HOME WITH KIDS
Image by Roel Dierckens
MINORITY GRAD STUDENTS' MOTIVATION NOT TO BLAME FOR SYSTEMIC SHORTCOMINGS
Toys
PARENTING AND POST-DOC-ING DURING COVID-19

Feel free to contact me!