Secret Science Geek is a blog by a team of writers who share a love of science, a curiosity about the natural world, and a distaste for gobbledygook.



Laura Fisher KaiserLaura Fisher Kaiser is a journalist based in Washington, DC, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, ScienceNews, The Los Angeles Times, Texas Monthly, American Health, Nature Conservancy, Architectural Record, Preservation, Reader’s Digest, and elsewhere. A contributing editor to Interior Design and a former editor at This Old House, she has written extensively about architecture, design, and sustainability. She loves exploring medical mysteries, environmental and public health issues, neglected diseases, and science history. The co-author of three books, she is writing a book about the scientific quest to conquer leprosy. Twitter: @laurafkaiser, @Secretscigeek


2013-Lisa-Lavelle-BurkeLisa Lavelle Burke traded in her law practice to play in the dirt. The former Patton Boggs partner is now a garden writer, photographer, and DC Master Gardener. She is also the coordinator of a public school outdoor education program, which integrates the natural campus and gardens into the elementary curriculum for science, math, history, social/cultural studies, and language arts. She writes about teachable moments in the living laboratory on her blog Eat, Grow, Learn.   Twitter: @LL_Burke


Catherine DaytonCatherine M. Cooney’s articles have appeared in Environmental Health PerspectivesChemical & Engineering NewsScience News for KidsGlobal Waters, and elsewhere. She was the news editor and a staff reporter for the journal Environmental Science & Technology for 13 years, and now writes about sustainable development in Africa for the World Bank. Her other areas of interest include climate change, energy, and government policy. Catherine lives in Washington, D.C.          Twitter: @CooneyCatherine