Brittany Moya del Pino, Adjunct Faculty
Freelance science writer Brittany Moya del Pino specializes in stories that explain natural phenomena to young readers—for example, why daydreams matter; how architecture creates acoustic “whispering spots”; where rare, white Monarch butterflies keep popping up; how blood can be used in cooking; and what scientists hope to learn from marine microbes that live without sunlight or oxygen beneath the rocky ocean floor. Brittany also writes stories for adults, and she enjoys sharing stories about people, such as profiles and Q&As. She has profiled cancer survivors, scientists, doctors, a female cobbler in Hawaii, and a group of origami enthusiasts who take their paper-folding art to the next level.
Brittany studied physiology as an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis, and completed her MA in science and medical writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 while employed as a federal contractor with the National Cancer Institute. In 2012, just after taking the leap from contractor to freelancer, she attended a retreat hosted by the Highlights Foundation, which provided entry into children’s publishing. Her work has appeared in Muse children’s magazine, Hana Hou! (the in-flight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines), Backchannel online magazine (formerly published by Medium, now owned by Wired), internal publications of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and Hakai, an online magazine that focuses on coastal science and societies. Brittany has also co-written books for National Geographic Kids, including Weird But True Canada, Awesome 8 Extreme, and Bet You Didn’t Know! 2. To learn more, please visit her website at scienceandpeople.com.