Meet the Editorial Team – Part 2

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As promised last time, here is the rest of our Editorial Team!

Sri Ray-Chauduri – Environmental & Earth Science coieditor / Technology & Engineering co-editor

Sri and the shuttle.

Sri and the Canadarm. And a shuttle too.

I got involved with Science Borealis after attending their official 2013 debut at the Canadian Science Policy Conference featuring a special panel on science blogging in Canada. I have degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Chemistry, and some of my research interests include atmospheric, space, and data science, technology & innovation, and chemical management. Find me on twitter at @3amscience.


Sunitha Chari – Biology & Life Sciences co-editor

I am a biochemist with a Ph. D from Boston University. My post doctorate research at McGill University was on protein complexes involved in intracellular trafficking. As much as I love the bizarre and oftentimes counterintuitive intracellular world, I also enjoy the equally strange natural world and the fantastic diversity of life that calls this planet home. I channel this love for science and the natural world in my everyday life through the things I am most passionate about: writing, yoga practice and theater.


Sonya Neilson – Physics & Astronomy co-editor

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Sonya exploring in Vietnam.


My B.Sc. in geology was a great start in a science career. It let me see the world and learn more about it from the surface to the mysteries beneath our feet.  I’ve studied rocks from Canada’s tundra, Indian diamond deposits and Italian volcanoes.  My rambling path eventually led me to science communication, first at the Vancouver Aquarium and now at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.  It brings me joy every time I see the wonder on someone’s face at learning something new; it’s a feeling I have known myself many times.


Nick Mitrousis – Technology & Engineering co-editor


Nick in the lab

Nick in the lab


Hi everyone! I’m Nick. I am currently doing my PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, focusing on new approaches to treat blindness. I enjoy tackling challenges and research does nothing but provide a lot of them! My goal in Science Borealis is to describe recent advances in biomedical research in a way that will -hopefully- make them clear and understandable to a broad non-expert audience. Stay tuned!


Lindsay Jolivet – Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science co-editor

I am the research communications advisor at Women’s College Hospital, where I write stories and produce videos about research in cancer, diabetes, HIV, heart disease and many other areas. Before that, I was a science writer at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. I love travel, reading and Science Borealis! You can find me on Twitter @linjoli


Ainslie Butler – Health, Medicine & Veterinary Science co-editor

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

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

I work in public health, and my research interests include food safety, infectious disease, climate change, substance use, and health equity.  I hold a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Australian National University and a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph in Biomedical Sciences.  In my spare time, I am a leader with Girl Guides of Canada, and I tweet about food cider, public health, and my cat. Find me on Twitter @ainzlie


Alex Chatwood – Communication, Education & Outreach co-editor

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

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


I am a biology PhD that swapped slime mold for science centres. Now at Science World in Vancouver, I present stage shows, run school workshops and do weird things like lie on a bed of nails. I write a scattershot of stories related to science and education for and Science Borealis. Find me on Twitter @chattwoo


Liz Martin-Silverstone – Multimedia co-editor & Outreach Team

Liz Martin-Silverstone digging up fossils.

Liz Martin-Silverstone definitely digs fossils!

I am currently in my last year of a PhD in palaeontology at the University of Southampton in the UK. I study pterosaur biomechanics, using modern imaging techniques such as CT scanning to look at the inner structure of fossils bones, and trying to determine how heavy these animals were. Originally from Alberta, I grew up surrounded by fossils and dinosaurs, and love learning about Earth’s history. I am a producer for the podcast Palaeocast and blog at Musings of a Clumsy Palaeontologist. Check me out on Twitter @Gimpasaura!


Erin Zimmerman – Communication, Education & Outreach co-editor


Erin botanising in a Mississippi bog.

Erin ‘botanising’ in a Mississippi bog.

I’m a plant biologist and botanical illustrator transitioning from post-docing with Agriculture Canada to an alt-ac career in writing. I hold a B.Sc. in plant biology and physics from the University of Guelph, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in fungal genetics and molecular systematics, respectively, from the Université de Montréal. In my spare time, I play D&D, gobble up science fiction, obsess about Victorian-era botany, and run after a delightful toddler. I blog about evolution at


Pascal Lapointe –  Policy & Politics co-editor

I am an editor and science journalist for Agence Science-Presse and the author of several books, including Les Nouveaux journalistes, about the state of freelance journalism, and Guide de vulgarisation, a guide for scientists and writers willing to write for a larger audience. I also (sometimes) blog about the mutations of science journalism in the context of Science 2.0. And according to some students, I teach.  I blog at ASP and tweet at @paslap.


Raymond Nakamura – Multimedia co-editor/ Science cartoonist

Raymond can be found in the most unexpected places.

Raymond can be found in the most unexpected places. (Photo: Lenora Ho)


When I’m not walking the dog, washing the dishes, or dealing with my daughter’s homework, I rent my brain as a writer, cartoonist, and developer of museum programs and exhibits. Some time after the invention of personal computers but before the Internet, I received my doctorate in zoology from the University of Toronto on the hydrodynamics of sand dollars. I have been marginally involved with Science Borealis since its inception, and now co-edit the Multimedia category. Also I draw cartoons for the website and newsletter.


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