Roberta Kwok is an award-winning freelance science journalist who has contributed to publications such as NewYorker.comNature, NYTimes.com, 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.

Featured 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

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The Southern Review

A photograph of a narwhal, the “unicorn of the sea,” captures a girl’s attention. Forthcoming in the anthology Best Small Fictions 2019.

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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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Courage Camp

I taught at an intensive workshop on freelancing at the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station, covering topics such as time management and business planning.

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Iceland’s forgotten fisherwomen
Sapiens

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

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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; Pete O’Shea (CC BY 2.0); Þjóðminjasafn Íslands/National Museum of Iceland; Folger Shakespeare Library