M.Ed. University of Minnesota Duluth (2006)
Master of Education; Major in Environmental Education
Research: The Experience of Visitor-Wildlife Interactions in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

M.A. University of the Philippines (1999)
Master of Arts in English Studies; Major in Creative Writing

B.A. University of the Philippines (1992)
Bachelor of Arts in Communication; Major in Journalism

Writing Experience

Freelance Science Writer (June 2006 – present)

  • Write news, features and essays for publications such as Forests News, Landscape News, Science Findings, Ka Pili Kai and High Country News.
  • Provide writing and editing services to universities and international nonprofit organizations, such as the World Resources Institute, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Save the Children, and the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant.

Science Writer, Sensing Our Planet: NASA Earth Science News Features (2008 – 2018)

  • Wrote Earth science features about scientific studies, programs and missions that use remote sensing data from the NASA Earth observing satellites.
  • Monitored science journals, such as Nature, Science, Geophysical Research Letters, and the AGU journals, and attended science conferences to search for story leads.

Science Writer, National Snow and Ice Data Center (2007 – 2018)

Freelance Journalist (1997 – 2004)

  • Wrote feature stories for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Filipinas Magazine, Me Magazine, the Philippines Graphic Magazine and the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Beat Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer (1993 – 1997)

  • Covered the following beats: police, environment, weather, agriculture, agrarian reform, courts, labor, health, elections, and church

Freelance Journalist, Stringer (1990 – 1995)

  • Wrote for news and features outlets, such as the Sunday Inquirer Magazine, the Philippine Graphic Magazine, the Philippines Free Press, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Union of Catholic Asian News and the Associated Press
  • Wrote feature stories on various topics, such as travel, the environment, women’s issues, children’s rights, and life in the city

Editing Experience

Editor, Sensing Our Planet: NASA Earth Science Research Features (2018)

  • Scouted and vetted leads, assigned and edited articles, supervised an assistant editor and three science writers, coordinated with NASA data centers on lead approvals and science reviews

Assistant Editor, Sensing Our Planet: NASA Earth Science Research Features, (2009 – 2017)

  • Scouted leads, helped with story selection, managed the editorial and production calendars for the print, web, and iBook versions of the publication, edited articles, supervised press checks

Editor, The Junior Inquirer, Philippine Daily Inquirer (1996 – 2004)

  • Developed and executed new magazine concept and sections; planned issues and edited articles; supervised a reporter, an assistant, an illustrator and a lay-out artist; coordinated with photographers and contributing writers and illustrators; coordinated with grade school contributing writers and their parents; proposed annual budgets; coordinated with the Inquirer’s marketing and circulation departments. The Junior Inquirer is a weekly newsmagazine for readers from 8 to 12 years old.

Writing Fellowships and Workshops

  • Attendee, The Open Notebook, The Craft of Science Editing Virtual Workshop Series, Winter 2022-2023, Online
  • Fellow, Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop, June 2018 in Rhinebeck, NY
  • Highlights Foundation Scholarship, Writers’ Summer Camp, June 2016 in Millanville, PA
  • Fellow, Duluth Writers’ Workshop, June 2007 in Duluth, MN
  • Fellow, Hawthornden Castle International Writers’ Fellowship, April – May, 2001 in Midlothian, Scotland
  • Fellow, Institute for the Further Education of Journalists, Women in Journalism Fellowship, May 2000 in Kalmar and Stockholm, Sweden

Teaching Experience

Senior Lecturer, University of the Philippines (1998 – 2004)

  • Taught undergraduate and graduate creative writing classes in Fiction, Writing for Children, and Nonfiction Narratives

Lecturer, University of the Philippines (1994 – 1998)

  • Taught undergraduate creative writing classes in Fiction, Writing for Children, and Intro to Creative Writing

Lecturer, University of the Philippines (1996)

  • Taught an undergraduate seminar class on “The Journalist in Fact and Fiction.”

Certifications & Training

  • Certificate in Editing, Poynter Media Institute – ACES: The Society for Editing
  • Advanced Fact-Checking Workshop – Knight Science Journalism @MIT
  • Fact-checking Workshop – Knight Science Journalism @MIT

Professional Memberships

Association of Earth Science Editors
National Association of Science Writers
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators