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Barbara Booth


I am an experienced developmental, substantive, and stylistic editor specializing in science, math and geography. I  have worked on primary, high school, and university-level print and digital materials including textbooks, teacher resources, as well as fiction. My specific areas of interest are biology, botany, ecology, and environmental science, but I have also worked on projects related to agriculture, chemistry, math, and the environment.

Some of my previous clients are Nelson Education, Pearson, Rubicon Publishing, and Fitzhenry and Whiteside. 


Freelance Editor (2017–Present)

Nelson Education (2018)

  • Content Manager for Making Math Meaningful, 4e (ongoing)
  • Content Edit of BC Science Connections 10: Workbook
  • Writing and editing for NelsonStudy Student Site, Healthy Foundations, 6e.

Six Red Marbles (2018)

  • Content Edit of Highschool Biology and Physical Sciences Review Book (US)

Fitzhenry and Whiteside (2017–2018)

  • Proofread Lives of Birches, Ironwood, and Maples and Beer at My Table
  • Developmental Edit of National Parks of Ontario


Executive Editor, Rubicon Publishing (2013–2017)

  • Managed the development of MathUP, a digital math program which provides student content as well as teaching strategies for teachers; managed scheduling and coordinated a team of editors, reviewers, designers, videographers, technical experts, and freelancers; edited content; developed digital math manipulatives
  • Managed the development, design, and editing of a book series titled Open Questions for the Three-Part Lesson
  • Managed the development, design, and editing of a book series titled Issues 21 which focused on teaching environmental and health issues to English language learners; series won the Moonbeam Gold Award for best non-fiction series
  • Edited non-fiction science readers for Saskatchewan Grades 2 and 3


Freelance Editor (2009–2013)

Nelson Education (2012–2013)

  • Substantive edit and Canadianization of Ecology: A Canadian Context

Pearson Canada (2012–2013)

  • Wrote and edited material for MyEcologyPlace, Elements of Ecology

Words & Numbers (2012)

  • Developmental edit of web-based textbook Biology for Majors (US)

First Folio Resources Group (2012)

  • Edited Solutions Manual for Nelson Biology 12 and Nelson Chemistry 12

Nelson Education (2010–2012)

  • Senior editor for Nelson Biology 12
  • Responsible for content from conception to final product
  • Co-managed authors and developmental editors
  • Edited and reviewed assessment materials, audio recordings, and web content

Edvantage Press (2009–2010)

  • Edited unit in Pearson Investigating Science 11 (Plants)

Nelson Education (2005–2011)

  • Edited units in Chemistry 11 (Gases and Atmospheric Chemistry), Biology 11 (Evolution), Science Connections (Sustainable Ecosystems and Climate Change), Biology Alberta 20–30 (Reproduction and Development)
  • Reviewed and edited Teacher's ResourceSolutions ManualsLab and Study Masters, lesson plans, and web content; reviewed audio recordings

Dean’s Office, College of Biological Science, University of Guelph (2007)

  • Researched, wrote, and edited material for an online biology course
  • Topics included seahorse biology, statistics, and internet research



Ph.D. (Botany), University of Guelph

M.Sc. (Plant Ecology), Laurentian University

B.Sc. (Botany, Environmental Studies, Geography), University of Toronto



* "I had the pleasure of working closely with Barb on complex digital and print resources for mathematics. Barb is a skilled leader in coordinating teams of authors, editors, and reviewers, and liaising with teams in all aspects of project development, including video, audio, art, design, and tech development. Her ability to communicate clearly and problem solve creatively ensured that we adapted to changing conditions with an eye on timelines. Barb is an accomplished editor with breadth of knowledge and attention to detail. Her personal warmth and sense of humour underlie her exceptional value to any team." (Mary Reeve, Executive Editor)

* "Barbara is an exceptional developmental editor, by far the best I have worked with. She is very knowledgeable about plant biology, ecology, and general biology and had great suggestions for topics and interesting examples. ... Barbara is a genuine pleasure to work with. Any author who works with her is fortunate indeed." (Joan Sharp, Senior Lecturer)

* "Barb is an outstanding editor and a joy to work with. The combination of in-depth subject-area knowledge, an excellent rapport with authors, and a great sense of humour make Barb an invaluable asset to any project. She works efficiently and meticulously to meet often challenging deadlines while ensuring that the overall vision for the project is achieved. I trust Barb unreservedly and it would be a privilege to work with her again. (Carmen Yu, Publisher)

* "Barb is an excellent editor and a pleasure to work with. She is extremely efficient and possesses superb task management skills – skills that are essential when meeting challenging deadlines. Her strong science background and fine eye for detail help ensure very high-quality end products." (Doug Fraser, Writer)

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Indexing
  • Layout and design
  • Metrication
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Cookbooks
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Study guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Canada
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Food and drink
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Humanities, general
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Medicine
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences