Editorial Team

Tanya Dimitrova is founder and managing editor of Science Journal for Kids. She currently works as an elementary school science teacher in Bulgaria. In the past, Tanya taught high school science in Austin, TX and worked as an environmental reporter and popular science 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.

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. ​

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 Master's student at the University of Plymouth (UK) studying Marine Conservation, with a Bachelor's in Zoology. Lois has previously worked across the Indian Ocean and in the UK educating kids and teens about the marine world, as well as teaching SCUBA diving. Her current work focuses on the science-policy interface, seeking better legislation for manta and devil rays accidentally caught in fisheries.​

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.

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.

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.

Fundraising and Web support

Nancy Carrico is a freelance science editor and grant writer living in Austin, TX. She has worked as a scientist in leading biotech companies and academic institutions. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and a BSc in Biology from Yonsei University (South Korea).

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

Dr. 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.

Dr. Dan Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished 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.

Dr. Michael Webber is a Deputy Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin. He has authored more than 200 publications, 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.

Dr. Mikhail “Misha” Matz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Integrative Biology in 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 8,000 scientific publications.

Non-profit Board of Directors

Gamble Nelkin is COO at Geneva Fine Art Supply 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. 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 Ucha.se (iLearn)- the "Bulgarian Khan Academy". He started up Ucha.se in 2012 by personally recording 550 video tutorials in math, physics, chemistry, biology, English etc. Today Ucha.se 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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