Roberta Kwok is an award-winning freelance science journalist who has contributed to the New York Times, NewYorker.comNature, Hakai, Audubon, and U.S. News & World Report. She also provides writing and editing services to universities, research institutions, and medical centers. Roberta earned a B.Sc. in biology from Stanford University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University Bloomington, and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in the Seattle area.

Recent Projects

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Devoted dads of the amphibian world
New York Times

The males of an obscure frog species in Borneo faithfully tend their eggs, undistracted by new mates.

ROBERTA KWOK

Click
The Southern Review

A photograph of a narwhal, the “unicorn of the sea,” captures a girl’s attention. Audio recording here.

ED UTHMAN/FLICKR/CC BY 2.0

Conducting science at the speed of law
Hakai

Six years after the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay, Florida, collapsed, scientists still don’t agree on what happened.

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Around the world
Nature

Researchers who enjoy globe-trotting may find satisfaction in helping tourists and travellers to connect with science.

ANDRA ZOMMERS ( FUDGE LAB )

Iceland’s forgotten fisherwomen
Sapiens

Many Icelandic women fished in the 18th and 19th centuries, but their work has been largely unrecognized.

NEIL CONWAY/FLICKR/CC BY 2.0

Crowdsourcing for Shakespeare
NewYorker.com

Shakespeare’s World aims to transcribe thousands of pages of difficult-to-read manuscripts.

Image credits: Roberta Kwok; Johana Goyes-Vallejos; Brehms Thierleben/Wikimedia Commons; Florida Memory/Wikimedia Commons; Frederick Hoff; Þjóðminjasafn Íslands/National Museum of Iceland; Folger Shakespeare Library