Lauren Quinn

Lauren Quinn - Editor

Urbana, IL

I am a Ph.D. scientist and editor/reviewer who can improve and validate your science writing and science educational materials.

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Overview

I am a Ph.D. biologist who has written, reviewed, and edited scientific manuscripts in a wide variety of natural-science topics for 15 years, and I am currently serving as a technical editor in a sustainable technology center. I am also a freelance content reviewer and editor for educational publishing companies, and, as a former professor, I am well suited to write, edit, and review biology textbook copy for high school and above. I am particularly interested in expanding my work with educational publishers, but will happily assist fellow scientists (including those for whom English is a second language) or educators in improving manuscripts, grant proposals, or dissertations.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Agriculture
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
Engineering
Health & wellbeing
Home & Garden
Life Sciences
Nature

Work experience

Science Writer

University of Illinois College of ACES
January, 2016 – Present (over 3 years)

I turn complex original scientific articles and practical Extension knowledge into digestible stories for public audiences.

Technical Editor

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
February, 2015 – December, 2015 (11 months)

I reviewed, edited, and formatted grant proposals, grant reports, scientific journal articles, and other materials as needed. Topics covered a wide range of sustainability science, including chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, and biology.

Freelance education writer, editor, and content reviewer

Pearson, MPS North America, Six Red Marbles
October, 2014 – Present (almost 5 years)

I write, edit, and provide subject matter expertise for educational products geared toward students and teachers at the 6th through 12th grade levels. Specialty areas include biology, plant science, and environmental science, but I have experience developing physical science and human biology content. I also develop assessments, provide image/video assets, and provide pedagogical expertise.

Researcher

Energy Biosciences Institute
March, 2009 – December, 2014 (almost 6 years)

I researched the potential for escape and invasion by crops grown for bioenergy. I analyzed, wrote, presented, and published my findings in a wide variety of scientific journals. I also edited the first book on the subject, inviting authors, reviewing chapters, and formatting material per the publisher's requirements.

Postdoctoral Researcher

CSIRO (Australia)
July, 2007 – March, 2009 (over 1 year)

I researched the relationship between invasive freshwater plants and water quality and land use. I analyzed, wrote, presented, and published my findings in international journals.

Adjunct Professor

Dominican University
January, 2007 – June, 2007 (5 months)

I developed and taught university-level classes in Ecology and Evolution, Plant Physiology, and Biological Research Methods. I also mentored undergraduate researchers, and helped them present our findings at conferences and in scientific journals. I served in this position twice: first in 2006, then again in 2007.

Graduate Researcher

University of California, Riverside
June, 2000 – December, 2006 (over 6 years)

I researched the invasive traits and behavior of a large perennial grass in California's riparian systems. I also served as a teaching assistant in Foundations of Plant Biology classes over a number of quarters.

Portfolio (1 selected work)

Bioenergy and Biological Invasions: Ecological, Agronomic and Policy Perspectives on Minimizing Risk (CABI Invasives Series)

Despite major international investment in biofuels, the invasive risks associated with these crops are still unknown. A cohesive state-of-the-art review of the invasive potential of bioenergy crops, this book covers the identified risks of invasion, distributions of key crops and policy and management issues. Including a section on developing predictive models, this book also assesses the pote... read more

Despite major international investment in biofuels, the invasive risks associated with these crops are still unknown. A cohesive state-of-the-art review of the invasive potential of bioenergy crops, this book covers the identified risks of invasion, distributions of key crops and policy and management issues. Including a section on developing predictive models, this book also assesses the pote... read more

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