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Betsy is a freelance science journalist and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, Nature, WIRED, Science News, Scientific American, and Undark. She is coauthor with Greg Miller of All Over the Map, an illustrated book of stories about maps and cartography for National Geographic.


Betsy was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow in 2022-2023 reporting on how the science of animal minds is changing how we think about us and them. Previously, she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2015-2016. Betsy was senior editor at WIRED in charge of online science coverage from 2008 to 2015. She has also worked as the science and national laboratories reporter at the Contra Costa Times (RIP) where she won the American Geophysical Union’s David Perlman award for breaking news for her coverage of earthquake risk in the Bay Area.


Betsy has a master’s degree in geology from Stanford University and is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. She serves as secretary of the board of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and as editorial consultant for the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative's Journalism Fellowship.


Coverage areas of particular interest include animal cognition and behavior, neuroscience, language, cartography, earth sciences, remote sensing and satellite imagery, climate, environment, data visualization, science and law, philosophy of science, and science history. 

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