Our Contributors

Here at GotScience Magazine we are dedicated to making science accessible to everyone. We have been delivering multimedia science news to the public since 2014. Our mission is to expand worldwide scientific literacy and knowledge. To that end, we translate peer-reviewed research findings into accessible insights on science, nature, and society. Any personal views expressed in this publication are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily represent those of other contributors, editors, or Science Connected. GotScience.org strives to uphold high standards of journalistic integrity. To that end, we follow the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Editor in Chief: Kate Stone

Freeimages.com/Ryan DayKate is a nonfiction author, journalist, and linguist with 20 years of experience in print and digital media, scientific research, and academic writing. She brings her passions for science, digital literacy, and social benefit to GotScience.org. Kate is the president and chief executive of Science Connected, the nonprofit corporation that publishes GotScience.org.


Managing Editor: Norman Rusin

norman-rusinNorman is a freelance copy editor and journalist who assists writers to produce sound and telling communications. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a PhD in Italian Studies. In his research, he looks at how science, literature, and art complement each other in our understanding of the world. Connect with him at normanrusin77@gmail.com.



The GotScience Contributors

Max Goldberg

Max Goldberg in the fieldMax contributes wildlife photography accompanied by descriptions of his adventures. He grew up in the northern Chicago suburbs and now attends Iowa State University, majoring in aerospace engineering. In addition to flying radio-controlled planes and engineering his own RC creations, Max is a skillful wildlife photographer. His photos have won four Best in Show awards at the Lake County Fair. You can enjoy more of his photography on Flickr.


Neha Jain

Neha JainNeha is a freelance science writer based in Hong Kong who has a passion for sharing science with everyone. She writes about biology, conservation, and sustainable living. She has worked in a cancer research lab and facilitated science learning among elementary school children through fun, hands-on experiments. Visit her blog Life Science Exploration to read more of her intriguing posts on unusual creatures and our shared habitat. Follow Neha on Twitter @lifesciexplore.


Shayna Keyles

shayna-keylesAt Science Connected and GotScience Magazine, Shayna found a way to balance her two passions of communications and curiosity. As the Science Connected PR Coordinator, she explores opportunities for Science Connected to engage with community and media partners. Shayna writes for GotScience Magazine when time permits, primarily about earth sciences and microbiology. She also edits for Ulysses Press and serves on the board of SF International Association of Business Communicators.

Sabrina Leroe

Sabrina is a freelance copy editor based in the suburbs of Washington, DC, specializing in academic and nonfiction writing. She sees beauty in the order of the written word as she does in our universe. Sabrina earned her BA in philosophy (minor in astronomy) from the University of Maryland and a professional editing certificate from UC Berkeley. Currently, while working full-time out of her home office, she is also pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. Somewhere in her fully packed schedule, she plays the cello at least an hour every day. You can visit Sabrina’s professional website to connect with her or read more about her editing work.

Rachel McCabe

Rachel is a freelance copy editor based in Williamsburg, Virginia. As a military spouse, Rachel has lived from coast to coast and overseas, and her passions include diversity and community engagement. She earned her BA in women’s studies with a literature emphasis from UC Davis, her MPA from George Mason University, and a professional certificate in copy editing from UC Berkeley. When she’s not working, Rachel can be found outside on the running trails or exploring with her family. 


Emily Rhode

emily-rhodeEmily is a freelance science writer and municipal water resources educator. Her goal is to make science accessible and interesting for everyone. She has worked as an outdoor environmental educator, science teacher, and professional communicator and trainer. You can follow her on Twitter @riseandsci.



Cathy Seiler

cathy-seilerDr. Cathy Seiler is the manager of the Biobank Core Facility at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Boston University and her PhD at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, studying cancer. In her spare time, Cathy is the editor for ISBER News and writes about science and the life of a scientist on her blog Things I Tell My Mom.


Steven Spence

Steven SpenceSteven contributes photography and general science articles to GotScience. His extensive body of work in nature photography is both beautiful and informative. He enjoys photography, nature, and science, and is an avid fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Steven researches his subjects, showcases his concerns about the environment, and advocates for more biodiversity and fewer pesticides in agriculture.



Jonathan Trinastic

jonathan-trinasticDr. Jonathan Trinastic earned his PhD in physics at the University of Florida. He is interested in renewable energy technology and sustainable energy policies, as well as living by Ernst Schumacher’s mantra that “small is beautiful.” Read more of Jonathan’s work at his personal blog, Goodnight Earth, and follow him on Twitter @jptrinastic. All views expressed are solely his own and do not reflect those of his employer.


Emily Willoughby

emily willoughbyEmily is a freelance writer, paleontological illustrator, and nature photographer with a passion for anything and everything with feathers. Her work—ranging from paleoart to science communication on evolution—has been featured in journals, books, and museums around the world. Her artwork, photography, and social media links can be found on emilywilloughby.com. She is currently working toward a graduate degree in cognitive psychology.


The GotScience Alumni

Copy Editor Emeritus: Lorna Walsh
Lorna is a California-based editor and ghostwriter. After serving GotScience Magazine for one year as volunteer copy editor, Lorna left to launch Ideal Type LLC and the Embark Editorial Agency, serving nonprofits, independent writers, and newly trained copy editors.
Lead Copy Editor Emeritus: Jess Romaine

Jess edited articles, worked on special projects, and mentored new copy editors during her twenty months with GotScience Magazine. She is a freelance copy editor of nonfiction, working to support effective, clear communication between authors and readers. She draws on her experience and education in written language, professional editorial training, precise attention to detail, and passion for the written word. Connect with her at editorjromaine.com.


Copy Editor Emeritus: Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth is a copy editor and a poet. Her poetry frequently grows out of close observation of the natural world. She also loves science that she can understand, so she’s a perfect match for GotScience. You can visit Elizabeth’s professional website, Letter Perfect Editing, for more information about her copy editing services.