Spoorthy Raman

Independent Science and Environment Journalist

Member since May 2023

I am a writer by passion, an independent journalist by profession. I write about science, environment, and dogs. In my eight years as a writer, I have tasted all flavours of writing: popular science books, children's books, long-form narrative stories, reported feature stories, personal essays, news stories and short snippets. My words have appeared in Hakai Magazine, Mongabay, Audubon Magazine, BioScience, Scientific American, Nature, Science, Deccan Herald, The Open Notebook, The Print and others. You can find my writings here.

I am a recipient of several fellowships, including Hakai Magazine's six-month Fellowship 2022, SEJ-Uproot Diversity Fellowship 2022, Institute of Journalism and Natural Resources (IJNR) Fellowship 2022 and the AAAS EurekAlert! Fellowship for International Science Reporters 2019. I was also awarded the 'Merit Prize' as part of the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2017. I am a member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ).

My foray into science writing is part accident and part ardor. I started out as a science writer for the Science Media Centre at IISc in 2015. In 2016, I became the Founding Managing Editor at Research Matters, a multilingual science news portal in India, until 2020. I spent a big part of 2021 writing two books about Indian science and scientists. In 2022, I was an intern at Mongabay.com, and a Fellow at Hakai Magazine. Since 2023, I am a full-time independent journalist.

Beyond writing, I have extensive experience editing science stories, teaching science communication and writing, and mentoring aspiring science writers.

I live in the beautiful city of St. John's, Canada, on a huge island. When not working, you can find me reading books, embroidering my next art, or walking my dog in the neighbourhood trails.

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