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Editorial Team

Tanya Dimitrova is the founder and managing editor of Science Journal for Kids. She has taught high school science in Austin, Texas, and elementary and middle school science in Bulgaria. Previously, Tanya has worked as an environmental reporter and magazine editor in California. She has a Bachelor in Environmental Science from University of London and a Masters in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.

​Rachel Watson runs Tailored English Online, which offers document editing services and customized instruction in academic and business English. She holds a CELTA and a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University.

Madeleine Corcoran holds a Bachelor in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from University of the Arts London. She has worked as a high school teacher in the UK and as a writer and editor for the London College of Fashion.

Lindsay Martin is a freelance editor and grant consultant with Vivid Impact Consulting. She holds degrees from San Diego State University in Spanish and International Communications. Lindsay has previously worked for NGO’s in the US, as well as an ESL teacher to young learners and teens. She is both an editor and grant writer for Science Journal for Kids.

Fiona Firth is a freelance publishing professional who specializes in book indexing. In the past she has taught ESL and worked as a children’s librarian in public and school libraries. Fiona has an MA in English and Psychology from St Andrews University, and postgraduate degrees in Publishing and Library Studies from Robert Gordon University.

Alexandra Appleton is a freelance editor and independent researcher, based in the UK. She previously worked as a project manager for a London-based design agency. Alexandra has undergraduate and masters degrees from Edinburgh University and Liverpool University, and a PhD in English from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Marilisa Valtazanou is a freelance editor based in the UK. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens and an MA in Clinical Linguistic Research from the University of Reading. She has worked for over a decade as an editor in the charity and public sectors.

Elizabeth King has taught English at both the high school and college levels. She holds a Masters in English from San Diego State University and a Bachelor in English and Spanish from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Science Writing & Curriculum Design

Seda Dawson has a Bachelor and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Bosphorus University, Turkey where she worked as a research assistant and specialized in polymers. Currently, she teaches middle school science at an IB school in Houston, TX and contributes to curriculum writing for her district.

Gogi Kalka has a Masters in Ecology from the Freie Universitaet Berlin and a Masters of Science from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. Currently, she teaches environmental science and naturalist classes for kids and adults at the Audubon Society in Washington, DC. She has previously chased bats around the rain forest in Panama, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean teaching high school biology for a semester at sea program, and researched sustainable food systems. Gogi has worked both as a writer and an editor for Science Journal for Kids.

Elitsa Panayotova is a virologist at the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Sofia. She studies vector-borne diseases and hemorrhagic fevers. She has a PhD in Virology, a Masters in Microbiology and a B.S. in Environmental science.

Lisa Standke is a chemist and PhD candidate at Weill Cornell Medicine. She tutors chemistry, chemical biology, and pharmacology. Her research focuses on developing new strategies to combat antibacterial resistance. ​

Lois Flounders is a science communicator currently working at the Marine Biological Association in the UK. With a Master's in Marine Conservation, and Bachelor's in Zoology, Lois is passionate about inspiring the next generation to discover more about science from a range of fields. When not writing, she's usually found in the sea, or working on other fisheries policy and research projects!

Erin Conlisk is a conservation biologist living in Oakland, CA. She studies climate change impacts on California plants and animals. She has a PhD from UC Berkeley in Energy and Resources and a Masters in Chemistry.

Lindsey Hall is a science writer and founder of Sustainability Consultancy Green Steps. She has a Bachelor in Biology from the University of Leeds (UK), and an Advanced Diploma in Energy and Water Efficiency from the University of Alcalá, Madrid (Spain).

Laney Siegner is a second-year Master's student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. She has worked previously as a National Teaching Fellow for Citizen Schools in Boston, MA, teaching 8th grade math and a high school preparation curriculum that she helped design. Currently, her research is focused on sustainable food systems, climate change education, and farm-to-school programs.

Sasha Harris-Lovett is a science writer and a PhD student at UC Berkeley. She has taught environmental science and developed curriculum for middle school students. She holds a Master's degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and has written about science for the Los Angeles Times.

Irina Marinova is a lecturer with the UTeach program at University of Texas at Austin. She teaches physics and astronomy to future elementary teachers using inquiry-based methods. She also teaches physics at Southwestern University. Irina has a PhD in Astronomy from UT Austin, where she specialized in researching the evolution of galaxies over the history of the Universe.

Nick Messenger is the science curriculum lead and teaches at Canton Preparatory High School in Canton, Michigan. He has worked to develop data-driven, hands-on lessons in environmental science, physics, and chemistry to engage students and relate learning to the real world. He spends his summers working for a local organic farm focused on sustainable agriculture.

Becca Edwards is an adjunct professor in the Physics and Environmental Studies departments at Southwestern University. Her research is in air quality and climate change impacts on precipitation extremes. She has a PhD from Texas Tech University in Wind Science and Engineering.

Liesa Ziegler holds a Master in Molecular Biotechnology from the FH Campus Wien. She is currently doing her PhD studies in Immunology at the Medical University of Vienna. She also loves writing and has published several fictional short stories in German anthologies.

Laura Rogers is currently a high school science teacher. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Duke University. She worked in an environmental engineering lab after graduating and realized that teaching was her passion. She went back to school to receive her Master’s in STEM Education from Mercer University.

Daniel Watkins is senior research associate at Brown University, where he explores the Arctic climate system using drifting buoys, computer simulations, and satellite photography. He earned his PhD in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and has a master's degree in Mathematics from Drexel University.

Sara Amos has a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour from the University of Durham (UK). Following her degree, Sara worked as a Marine Scholar in Fiji and Mexico where she taught coral reef ecology and conservation. Since then, Sara has returned to the UK and has just completed her Master’s in Applied Marine Science from the University of Plymouth.

Allison Gamzon is a science educator whose life’s goal is to raise awareness and improve scientific literacy so that students can be better planetary citizens. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Geology from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Her passion is creating engaging, student-centered learning activities for Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Physics students.

Lisa Woodruff teaches middle school science and literature in New Hampshire. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education from Notre Dame College. ​

Miranda Wilson holds a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PhD in biology from Georgia Tech. She has brought her passion for science and research into classrooms at the college and high school level where she’s taught courses in biology, environmental science, marine biology, and biomimicry. In her free time Miranda enjoys reading, writing, running with her dog, and exploring the outdoors.

Mary Bates is a freelance science writer living in Rhode Island who specializes in writing about the brains and behavior of humans and other animals. She has a PhD in psychology from Brown University, where she studied bat echolocation, and a BA in biology-psychology from Skidmore College.

Jared Smith holds a Masters in Biology from the Harvard Extension School and works as a Middle & High School teacher at Brimmer & May in Boston, Massachusetts. He enjoys bringing to life the molecular details of DNA and the inner workings of the cell. His passion is building scientific literacy amongst his students as he teaches Biology, Chemistry, and General Science courses.

Christy Ascione is a scientific writer with a Bachelor's degree in Education and Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta (Canada). Following her degree, Christy worked with multiple marine conservation non-profits in South Florida to communicate important scientific discoveries to the public. Her current work includes digital content creation for a longitudinal research study cohort and curriculum development for online learning platforms.

Support Team

Paula Deaver teaches middle school science in Tennessee. She holds a Bachelors of Science from Charter Oak State College, a Master of Education from University of Saint Joseph Connecticut and a Master of Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.

Tanzilla Purnota has a Bachelor’s in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. She has a passionate interest in science, especially human biology, as well as public health and policy. She hopes to work to increase accessibility to science and research, as this issue is very important to her. During her free time, she enjoys writing across a wide variety of genres and styles, reading about the world, and getting out into nature.

Maxine Mouly is a junior at UC Berkeley pursuing a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences. She holds a minor in Journalism and works as a news reporter for the Daily Californian.

Sabrina Groves is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland and a researcher for the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Her investigations into marine ecology span trophic interactions, physiological adaptations to life underwater, and sonar imaging. Sabrina is also a licensed secondary educator in biology, English, and ESOL.

Jacqueline Duong is a biology major at the University of California, Los Angeles, looking to pursue a career in the sciences that will allow her to both use her interest in the subject as well as her passion in public speaking. Her experience in public speaking stems from her involvement in Speech and Debate on the state and national levels, in addition to her giving her own TEDx Talk entitled "It's Not Them, It's You".

Dalia Puig is a Biomedical Sciences undergraduate at the University of Dundee in Scotland, although she is originally from Barcelona. She is a member of the Oxford University Press Biosciences Student Panel and she loves spending her free time discovering the outdoors through hiking and climbing.

Josie Appleton is currently in her final year of an undergraduate degree in Genetics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. With an interest in biology and helping people understand science, she is taking on a final project in public engagement with hopes to do a masters in this field in the future.

Liz Yohn brings more than 15 years of experience in education and administration, grounded in mixed methods from a MA in Comparative and Transnational History from The College of William and Mary. Her current position focuses on building systems of support for individuals experiencing homelessness. She's passionate about gardening, quilting, and travel.

Will Lindau is a graduate student in global conservation science at the University of Leeds. He has taught science in New York high schools and in two US National Parks. He loves to communicate the newest scientific findings both in-person and via social media. In his free time, Will enjoys exploring the outdoors by hiking, camping, and trail running.

Graphic Design

Ablena Georgieva is a graphic designer and illustrator with more than 10 years of experience in the field. She studied in Ecole Estienne, Paris and graduated with a Masters degree in Illustration and Book design from The National Academy of Art in Sofia. Ablena has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, England, Israel, and South Korea and has received multiple awards for her work.

Elizabeth Danielova is a graphic designer with experience in various industries and fields, curiously exploring the standards and innovations in each one of them. Currently, she works as an in-housе graphic designer at a leading PSP and payment gateway providing company. With great attention to detail and a strong passion for design, Elizabeth has gained extensive experience in brand identity, print design, multimedia and marketing. She is an expert at deadlines, old-school science fiction, and domestic cats.

Aleksandrina Delcheva is a graphic and web designer, currently working at a digital advertising agency. Aleksandrina is passionate about creativity, using her imagination, being inspired, and, if possible, inspiring others in the process.

Kristina Slavkova is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated from the National School of Fine Arts specializing in painting. Then completed a master`s degree in Book and Print Graphics at the National Art Academy, Sofia. Over the past ten years, she has worked in the field of graphic design, book layout, and children's illustration.

Non-English translations

María Fernanda Vega holds a Bachelor in Marketing from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, with a Digital Media Strategy specialization. She is a translator from and to Spanish, content creator, and editor. María currently works as a freelancer, traveling and working with people from around the world.

Mélissa Martin is a freelance translator (from English and Spanish into French) with a master's degree in Specialist Translation and Liaison Interpreting from the ESTRI school in Lyon (France). She specializes in legal, technical and general translation. Mélissa loves languages, travelling and discovering new cultures.

Marta Metodieva is a teacher in Latin, translator from English and French, author and editor in a platform for human rights. She has PhD in History of Culture and strongly believes in the interdisciplinary teaching as the shortest way to good education.

Petya Mukova has Masters in Bulgarian Philology in Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She currently works as a teacher in a kinder garden and is also a contemporary dance choreographer.

Tessa Zonneveld is a Liberal Arts & Sciences student at Amsterdam University College in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). She specializes in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and biotechnology. Tessa is also very passionate about languages, world religions, and education.

Lucía Martina Martín López is a marine researcher, working mainly on cetaceans but also on penguins and seals. Particularly interested in assessing the effects of anthropogenic actions in the biomechanics and energetics of fauna, with the aim to minimize the impact on the fauna in the most sustainable way. Lucía has a special interest in outreach and science communication.

Stanka Georgieva holds a BA in Korean Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and is currently pursuing an MA in Translation and Editing with English at the same institution. She is a freelance editor and transcriptionist and works as a project manager for a UK-based language service provider.

Social Media and Web support

Valentina Spiridonova is a passionate, multilingual philomath with almost 10 years of work experience as a journalist and an endless love for science. As of 2018 is employed at the European newspaper Europost as a foreign affairs and technologies news editor. She is also part of the Ratio.BG team - an NGO, incentivizing science communication and critical thinking.

Kalina Panayotova is a software engineer living and working in Silicon Valley. Her career path has led her through three countries, multinational corporations and tiny startup companies. She loves good ideas and solving problems through technology.

Scientific Advisory Board

John Harte is a physi­cist turned ecol­o­gist. His research inter­ests span eco­log­i­cal field research, the the­ory of com­plex sys­tems, and pol­icy analy­sis. He holds a joint pro­fes­sor­ship in the Energy and Resources Group and the Col­lege of Nat­ural Resources at UC Berkeley. In the book, “Cool the Earth, Save the Econ­omy: Solv­ing the Cli­mate Cri­sis is EASY," John and his wife Mel present a blue­print for reduc­ing US emis­sions by 75% by 2030 … with­out car­bon seques­tra­tion, bio­fu­els, or a car­bon tax.

Dan Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities.

Michael Webber is a Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored more than 400 publications, holds 6 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. His television special Energy at the Movies is currently in national syndication on PBS stations, and his massive open online course (MOOC) “Energy 101” is now available for high school students.

Mikhail “Misha” Matz is a Professor at the Department of Integrative Biology, The University of Texas at Austin. Misha and his lab members work on coral reefs in Florida, Micronesia, and Australia. They use state-of-the-art genomic tools to track how reef-building corals adapt to their local habitat and to climate change. Their papers have been cited in over 15,000 scientific publications.

Non-profit Board of Directors

Gamble Nelkin is a Project Manager at BigCommerce, Austin and a former educator with years of experience in curriculum development and school administration. She founded One English, an American school in Beijing, China, which became profitable within its first year of operations. She has a B.A. in International Development from American University.

Francesca Oggioni is a geophysicist based in London. Her work and interests include acoustics, signal processing and machine learning applied to Big Data. Francesca has a PhD in Marine Geophysics from Imperial College London, where she specialized in researching the opening of the Dover Strain in the English Channel and the possible impact of megaflooding on climate.

Jane Nurse is an enterprising human ecologist, currently an Environmental Compliance Officer at Renegade Rum, Grenada. She has been a climate justice activist in the UNFCCC and has worked as sustainability change agent for various NGOs, Swansea University and the World Bank. As a former Chevening and Shelby Davis United World College Scholar, she holds a Masters in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Bachelor in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic, ME.

Business Advisors

John Raymond, CEO and founder of ImpactLab has over twenty years' experience innovating in K-12 education and technology from teaching to program design to for-profit enterprise. He has significant experience in bootstrapping startups, developing and executing strategy (partnerships, breaking into new territories), product development and product design, public speaking and streamlining operations.

Darin Madzharov is the CEO and creator of (iLearn)- the "Bulgarian Khan Academy". He started up in 2012 by personally recording 550 video tutorials in math, physics, chemistry, biology, English etc. Today is the most visited educational site in Bulgaria with 20+ awards. It is produced by more than 60 team members around the country.

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