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Andrew Park, PhD

Winnipeg, MB R3L 0M2
Canada
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Profile

I'm a PhD-trained writer and editor with interests in environmental issues, climate science, and speculative fiction. As a teacher and researcher, I am a generalist with in-depth knowledge of ecology, forestry, climate science, climate adaptation, and conservation.

Goals

My overarching goal is to help clients express complex scientific concepts in plain English. My injunction to students when I set my annual term paper is, “Write this as though you want someone else to actually read it.”

Right now, I am a late career academic working to build my business in science editing, science communication, and, as opportunities present, editing fiction.

Experience.

Research

  • General ecology, forest ecology, and climate science, participatory rural appraisal.
  • Geographical scope: Canada, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, Malawi.
  • Active interests in environmental philosophy, environmental economics, conservation, and environmental issues in general.

Academic editing and review

  • Peer-reviewed over 100 papers for Global Change Biology, Climatic Change, Ecology, Conservation Letters, Plos One, Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental Reviews, Forest Ecology and Management, and others.
  • Reviewed grant applications for NSERC, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

Consulting and Communication

  • Wrote, edited, and illustrated technical reports for BC government and forest industry.
  • Wrote a number of articles in magazines and newspapers.
  • Early career experience as medical artist.
  • Experienced nature and landscape photographer.

Editing Experience

  • Expert review and edit of modules for Karr, Scientific American Environmental Science
    for a Changing World, 3rd Edition (2019) (Client: Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC).
  • Expert review and critique of “November Warmth” essay from Treed:Walking in Canada’s
    Urban Forests (2019) by Ariel Gordon (Wolsak & Wynn Ltd.).
  • Alpha reader and critique of first draft of a friend’s novel (spec fiction, 2018).
  • Familiar with Chicago Manual of Style and Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Good
    working knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe DC Reader, and
    “R” open-source statistical software.

Editing Certificate, Simon Fraser University (2019–2020)

  • I successfully completed all requirements for the certificate in December 2020.
  • Courses completed: Editors and Editing, Proofreading, Copyediting, Stylistic Editing, Structural Editing, Grammar, Ethics and Legal Issues, Document Design and Production for Editors, Plain Language Principles, Freelancing for Editors, Writing and Editing for the WEB, Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions, and the capstone course, Final Project.

 Mentorship. I completed an Editors Canada editing and communication mentorship with Carolyn Brown in July and August 2020.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Books, art and photography
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Periodicals, general
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, other
  • Textbooks, college and university

Subjects

  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Canada
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Geography
  • Government, federal
  • Life sciences
  • Literature
  • North America
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Travel and tourism