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Scientific American editors are available on request for media interviews. Offering expertise in a wide range of specialties and practiced at translating science into plain English, Scientific American editors are the ideal expert guests to comment on science news of the day. Many are media trained, including broadcast and radio, and have extensive interview experience. 

Steve Mirsky
Senior Editor, Multimedia
  • Location: New York, NY

Steve Mirsky, now the podcast editor, has written the "allegedly humorous" Anti Gravity column for Scientific American since 1995 and is a member of the magazine's board of editors.…read more

Steve Mirsky, now the podcast editor, has written the "allegedly humorous" Anti Gravity column for Scientific American since 1995 and is a member of the magazine's board of editors. Since 2006 his primary responsibilities have been hosting the Scientific American's interview-format podcast, Science Talk, and overseeing its daily podcast, 60-Second Science. Mirsky received a master's degree in chemistry from Cornell University in 1985, after which he was awarded a Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship for science journalism by the American Association for the Advancement of Science at WSVN-TV in Miami. Mirsky spent the 2003-2004 academic year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2009 he received an honorary doctorate of science from his alma mater, Lehman College at the City University of New York.

Clara Moskowitz
Senior Editor, Space/Physics
  • Location: New York, NY

Clara Moskowitz is a Senior Editor who covers astronomy, physics, spaceflight and mathematics for Scientific American .…read more

Clara Moskowitz is a Senior Editor who covers astronomy, physics, spaceflight and mathematics for Scientific American. Previously, she spent five years at SPACE.com, where she was assistant managing editor. Clara has a graduate degree in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. In astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University.

Madhusree Mukerjee
Senior Editor, Life Sciences
  • Location: New York

Madhusree is the author of two books, The Land of Naked People: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders (2003) and Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II (2010).…read more

Madhusree is the author of two books, The Land of Naked People: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders (2003) and Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II (2010). She has written about science, environment, hunger, colonialism, and indigenous issues. When not editing and writing for Scientific American, she works on a book profiling a struggle against environmentally destructive development.

Jen Schwartz
Senior Editor, Technology/Mind
  • Location: New York, NY

Jen Schwartz is a senior editor of features at Scientific American who specializes in the intersection of science and society.…read more

Jen Schwartz is a senior editor of features at Scientific American who specializes in the intersection of science and society. Previously she’s worked as an editor or reporter at Popular Science, GQ, New York, Outside, SELF, and The Boston Globe, where she wrote and produced stories across a wide range of topics including technology, health, environment, climate, economics, politics, culture, and social sciences. She is a veteran researcher skilled in fact checking and investigative reporting. She holds a B.S. in journalism and a minor degree in environmental science from Boston University.

Gary Stix
Senior Editor, Mind/Brain
  • Location: New York, NY

Gary Stix is a senior editor who commissions, writes, and edits features, news articles, and Web blogs for Scientific American .…read more

Gary Stix is a senior editor who commissions, writes, and edits features, news articles, and Web blogs for Scientific American. His area of coverage is neuroscience. He has also frequently been the issue or section editor for special issues or reports on topics ranging from nanotechnology to obesity. He has worked for 20 years at Scientific American, following three years as a science journalist at IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has an undergraduate degree in journalism from New York University. With his wife, he wrote a general primer on technology called Who Gives a Gigabyte?

Andrea Thompson
Associate Editor, Sustainability
  • Location: New York, NY

Andrea Thompson is an associate editor covering sustainability, energy and the environment at Scientific American .…read more

Andrea Thompson is an associate editor covering sustainability, energy and the environment at Scientific American. She previously worked as a senior writer at Climate Central and a reporter and editor at Live Science and SPACE.com. She holds master's degrees in earth and atmospheric science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and science journalism from New York University.

Dean Visser
Chief News Editor
  • Location: New York, NY

Before joining Scientific American in early 2015, Dean Visser worked as News Editor for three years at Al Jazeera America’s New York headquarters.…read more

Before joining Scientific American in early 2015, Dean Visser worked as News Editor for three years at Al Jazeera America’s New York headquarters. Prior to that he spent more than two decades in Asia as a foreign correspondent, bureau chief and regional desk editor for The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (the German Press Agency) and United Press International. Much of his recent editorial work has focused on health, medical science and drug policy issues, such as the opioid epidemic and the implications of drug law reform in the United States. Overseas, he spent extensive time in the field covering international disease outbreaks including SARS and bird flu, natural disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami, and environmental crises including the severe smoke haze caused by massive illegal fires set to clear forested land in Indonesia each dry season. He has served as president of the Singapore-based Foreign Correspondents Association, and holds a journalism degree from Seattle University.

Kate Wong
Senior Editor, Evolution/Ecology
  • Location: New York, NY

Kate Wong is a senior editor covering paleontology, anthropology, archaeology and animal behavior, among other topics, at Scientific American .…read more

Kate Wong is a senior editor covering paleontology, anthropology, archaeology and animal behavior, among other topics, at Scientific American. She is co-author, with Donald Johanson, of Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins.

Mariette DiChristina
Editor Emeritus
  • Location: New York, NY

Mariette DiChristina is Editor Emeritus at  Scientific American . She was the eighth person and first female to assume the top post in Scientific American 's 166-year history.…read more

Mariette DiChristina is Editor Emeritus at Scientific American. She was the eighth person and first female to assume the top post in Scientific American's 166-year history. Under her leadership, the magazine received a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

A science journalist for more than 20 years, she first came to Scientific American in 2001 as its executive editor. She is an advisor for the Citizen Science Alliance. She was named an AAAS Fellow in 2011. She was also the president (in 2009 and 2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers. She was an adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the several years. DiChristina is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the New York Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences, 92nd Street Y in New York, Yale University and New York University among many others.

Previously, she spent nearly 14 years at Popular Science in positions culminating as executive editor. Her work in writing and overseeing articles about space topics helped garner that magazine the Space Foundation's 2001 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. In spring 2005 she was Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her chapter on science editing appears in the second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers. She is former chair of Science Writers in New York (2001 to 2004) and a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists. DiChristina was honored by New York's Italian Heritage and Culture Committee in October 2009 for her contributions as an Italian American to science journalism and education in New York City. In January 2010, she was honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women as one as one of its "Three Wise Women" of 2009.

Press Inquiries

Interview requests, corporate and trade press:
  • Rachel Scheer
  • Head of Communications, USA, Springer Nature
  • New York, NY
  • Phone (212) 451-8569
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  • Sarah Hausman
  • Communications and Press Officer, Nature Research
  • New York
  • Phone (212)-726-9378
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