About Me

Paul Gabrielsen

I came to science writing after earning a bachelor’s degree in geology in Utah and a master’s in hydrology in New Mexico. I learned how the West was built, through the rocks that preserve its violent past and through the water that beats its way through mountains and communities, holding supreme power over both.

By coincidence, one day in graduate school I saw a poster advertising a science writing program. I knew I’d finally found what I wanted to do when I grew up.

In June 2013, I completed the Science Communication graduate certificate program at UC Santa Cruz. In nine months I learned how to write in the distinctive genres of daily newspaper stories and short science news snippets, science features and profiles, and produce audio and video stories. I worked at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Stanford University News Service and ScienceNOW (remotely), gaining experience in seeing a story through from pitch to publish. When I arrived in Santa Cruz, I was a scientist moonlighting as a journalist. Now, having departed, I’m a science writer, embarking on a career I love.

I live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area with my beautiful wife and four adorable children. Since graduation, I have written about planetary science for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and about upcoming research for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I am now writing for the University of Utah, covering a wide range of departments and disciplines. Check out some of my recent work here and here.

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