Meet the 2016 Editorial Team – Part 1

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This is the first of a two part series. Part 2 of this series will run on Thursday March 31. 

The Science Borealis Editorial Team is the lifeblood of the Borealis Blog. At any given time we have 16 to 26 people on the team. From May 2015 when we started tracking hours to February 1, 2016, this all-volunteer team contributed nearly 600 hours to Science Borealis.

Their work includes writing and editing Borealis Blog posts, curating and promoting our syndicated members’ posts, recruiting guest bloggers, developing an editorial calendar, working with the Core Team on long-term planning, attending meetings, and keeping up with the administration that goes along with all of this.

In January we launched a major recruitment to fill out the team and redistribute the workload. As a result, there are many new faces here we’d like you to meet and some long-term members we’d like to reacquaint you with.  So, this week we present the first of two blog posts introducing you to the members of this dynamic team.

Our new Editorial Manager, Mika McKinnon

Our new Editorial Manager, Mika McKinnon

Mika McKinnon – Editorial Manager

Mika McKinnon is a geophysicist and irrepressible science communicator with a habit of lurking around film sets. She’s holds a Masters in Disasters (MSc Geophysics from the University of British Columbia) which she uses to scold humans to flee from the path of incoming catastrophe.  She’s active on Twitter as @mikamckinnon, and ran io9’s Earth & Space subsite before venturing into the realm of freelancers. Mika is currently a freelance scientist, doing everything from bringing plausibility to movie sets to consulting for FEMA, and trying to remember to update her sadly-neglected SpaceMika and GeoMika blogs.

Kim Morris – Blog Editor

Kim has spent over 20 years doing fieldwork in the Polar Regions. This includes eight research cruises in the Southern Ocean to document Antarctic sea ice conditions and 10 years studying snow and lake ice in Alaska. She has a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University and is now exploring alternative careers in science and writing. Becoming the co-editor of the Science Borealis blog is her first step on that journey.

Kurt Illerbrun – Blog Editor

Kurt Illerbrun has a Master’s degree in Japanese media history and a Ph.D in butterfly population ecology but, as it turns out, those are niche markets. Consequently, he works as an academic editor and as an independent consultant in the fields of scientific writing and knowledge translation. The rest of the time, Kurt enjoys cooking, gardening, ultimate frisbee, choral singing, and nerdy board games.

Crisia Tabacaru  – Team Coordinator

Crisia is a biologist with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, currently coordinating a science committee that deals with regional planning in Alberta. She recently completed a PhD in forest ecology, and has worked on various ecological topics over the years, most often dealing with effects of anthropological disturbances on animal communities. Outside of science, Crisia is the volunteer coordinator for the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, and partakes in various forms of fibre artistry including spinning and knitting. Find her on Twitter at @CrisiaT.

Susan Vickers setting light to a hydrogen balloon on Science World BC’s Centre Stage (Photo: Natalie Lauzon )

Susan Vickers setting light to a hydrogen balloon on Science World BC’s Centre Stage  (Photo: Natalie Lauzon )

Susan Vickers – Communication, Education and Outreach Co-Editor

Originally from Scotland, Susan moved to Canada in 2009 to do a PhD in materials chemistry. She is currently a postdoc in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, working with Science World BC to research informal chemistry education in museums. Susan tweets at @susanmvickers.


Alex Chattwood getting DNA from strawberries. (Photo: Tammy Matheson)

Alex Chattwood getting DNA from strawberries. (Photo: Tammy Matheson)

Alex Chattwood – Communication, Education and Outreach Co-Editor

Alex is a biology PhD that swapped slime mould for Science World. As a Science Facilitator, he spends fun-filled days doing and sharing science with curious visitors. When not under the dome, he’s outside exploring the mountains, forests and oceans of beautiful British Columbia. Follow him on Twitter @chattwoo or seek out his monthly posts on the Science World Blog.

Lindsay Jolivet – Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-Editor

Lindsay is the writer and media relations specialist at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Her days at work vary from writing about happiness economics and health to learning the particulars of quantum physics. She is a graduate of Carleton University’s master of journalism program and holds a B.A. in English and cultural studies from McMaster University. Find her on Twitter @linjoli.

Ainslie Butler taking in nature. (Photo used with permission)

Ainslie Butler taking in nature. (Photo used with permission)

Ainslie Butler – Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science Co-Editor

Ainslie is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, where she explores substance abuse and health.  She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Australian National University, and a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph in Biomedical Sciences.  Her research interests focus on infectious disease, food safety, climate change, and health equity.  In her spare time, she is a leader with Girl Guides of Canada.  You can find her on twitter at @ainzlie, where she tweets about food, wine, public health, and her cat.

Sarah Boon – Environmental & Earth Science Co-Editor / Science Borealis Core Team       

Once a tenured university professor, Sarah is a freelance science writer and editor whose work has appeared in Al Jazeera, Medium, Outpost, BC Forest Professional, Above & Beyond, CH2MHill’s newsletter, Canadian Science Publishing, iPolitics, and more. She blogs about science and society, writing, and women in science at Watershed Moments. Find her on Twitter at @SnowHydro


Nick Mitrousis showing off some pipette action (Photo used with permission)

Nick Mitrousis – Technology & Engineering Co-Editor

Nikolaos is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto looking at regeneration of the diseased retina in an interdisciplinary bioengineering lab. Originally from Greece, Nikolaos previously studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, and did a research internship at UPenn.

Sri Ray-Chauduri – Environmental & Earth Science Co-Editor / Technology & Engineering Co-Editor

Sri holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Chemistry with professional experience in both the private and public sector.  Her research interests include atmospheric, space, and data science, contaminants of concern, and environmental health. She started off as a co-editor in Earth & Environmental Science, and enjoyed it so much that she works on Technology & Engineering as well! Find Sri on Twitter @3amscience

Come back on Thursday March 31 to meet the rest of the team!

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