Qualifications

I am a detail-oriented person with a creative streak and 12 years of experience in editing of all sorts. That experience ranges from basic proofreading to substantive editing that optimizes clarity, organization, and flow. I aim to make sure that what the writer is trying to say comes through clearly to the intended audience. I enjoy working with non-native English speakers; my extensive travels abroad have made me particularly sensitive to the challenges they face in English-language communication.

Editorial Experience

For the past seven years, I have been a freelance editor. Much of my work has focused on the physical and social sciences, particularly editing articles by non-native English speakers who are hoping to publish in English-language journals. I also have experience editing foreign policy papers for U.S. think tanks. Before working as a freelance editor, I spent five years as an in-house editor for Chemical & Engineering News, the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society, and participated in writing/editing internships at NIH and the National Zoo.

Education

I have a B.A. in biology and linguistics from Rice University and an M.S. in science journalism from Texas A&M University. I have also done graduate-level coursework and laboratory work in neuroscience and molecular biology.

Skills

Excellent command of grammar, punctuation, usage, and editorial style

Experience in editing tables, illustrations, and a wide variety of reference styles

Extensive knowledge of the ACS Style Guide, Scientific Style and Format, the Chicago Manual of Style, the AMA Manual of Style, and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association