Olive Heffernan, Adjunct Faculty

Olive Heffernan is a science journalist who covers oceans and climate change for a variety of publications. Olive has recently written for WIRED, Nature, National Geographic and New Scientist. Her work has also been published in Salon, Scientific American, The Guardian and BBC magazines, as well in other outlets.

Olive Heffernan was an editor with Nature in London for five years, before making the decision to go freelance, seven years ago. During her time at Nature, Olive launched the website Nature Reports Climate Change and the blog Climate Feedback, which was part of the Guardian Environment Network. Olive was also the founding chief editor of the research journal Nature Climate Change, now one of the most highly cited environmental research journals. During her time at Nature, Olive commissioned content from a wide number of freelance reporters, managed an in-house team of commissioning editors, and pitched her own stories to editors at Nature magazine and to Nature‘s video and podcast teams.

As well as being a science writer, Olive lectures in science communication. She is currently writing her first book, about the oceans. Prior to her career in journalism, Olive was a fisheries scientist in the UK where she worked on overexploited cod stocks in the Northeast Atlantic. A Chartered Marine Scientist, Olive is the recipient of the Bob Barton Memorial Prize for marine technology journalism, and she is a former journalism fellow of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Olive Heffernan, Adjunct Faculty