REBECCA DZOMBAK

I write about science and society.

Science doesn't happen in a vacuum. Research is carried out by real people. It affects and is affected by society. I write to emphasize this, whether it's translating the latest climate change ecology research or profiling the scientists who are behind the scenes. I'm also interested in the intersection of science and #scicomm with race and gender, both in practical terms (environmental justice, food sovereignty) and representation (whose stories get told?). Through my editing work, I help scientists share their research and tell their stories the way they want to.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to collaborate on a project on any of these issues!

Select freelance writing

For a full list of work, go here.

Image by Jess Bailey
Coming soon:
Meet the soil scientist who makes pigments
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FIELD CAMPS ARE ABLEIST AND OUTDATED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 institutional writing

Image by Sharon McCutcheon
A NEW GENERATION OF QUEER GEOSCIENTISTS
Image by Juan Davila
INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON GEOSCIENCE
Walking on Campus
RESILIENT SENIORS ADAPT TO FINISH THESES
Los Angeles
DID AN ANCIENT LAKE MAKE THE SAN ANDREAS QUAKE?
Image by Nicolas Lobos
MAPPING MARS' ANCIENT RIVERS TELLS US WHERE TO GO NEXT
Image by Andrzej Kryszpiniuk
DUST MAY HAVE CONTROLLED HUMAN CIVILIZATION

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, and I'm working with geology grant recipients to help them find their narratives. 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 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 Priscilla Du Preez
NONTRADITIONAL IS THE NEW NORM FOR UNDERGRADS
Image by Roel Dierckens
MINORITY GRAD STUDENTS' MOTIVATION NOT TO BLAME FOR SYSTEMIC SHORTCOMINGS
Toys
PARENTING AND POST-DOC-ING DURING COVID-19

Articles

Press releases

Feel free to contact me!