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Kyra Nabeta, M.Sc., CMNC

Victoria, BC V9B 1E8


I edit technical documentation for marine navigation (specializing in search and rescue, and oil spill response) and ocean sciences (specializing in fish biology and environmental toxicology).

As an enthusiastic freelance copy editor, I have worked extensively with scientific publications and bilingual (English/French) government communications. My experience on the bridge and in the lab allows me to edit highly technical materials, and to apply plain English and international English, as appropriate.

Whether you’re writing easy-to-understand safety protocols for your crew or disseminating your research findings, let me help your audience focus on your message rather than your copy.

Editing interests:

Technical documents related to any of the following:
- Shipping and oceanographic industry
- Marine science – biology, chemistry, ornithology, fish biology
- Search and rescue
- First aid

Relevant certification:

- Chief Mate, Near Coastal (Transport Canada)
- B.Tech. in Nautical Sciences (Cape Breton University)
- M.Sc. in Biochemistry (Queen’s University)
- International Studies Certificate (Queen’s University)
- Editing Certificate (Simon Fraser University)

Relevant experience:

- Three years as a watchkeeper on the Pacific coast of Canada
- Two years in fast-paced operational centres
- Two years as a deck cadet in the St. Lawrence River and on the Atlantic coast of Canada
- Four years as a technician at an aquatic toxicology lab and a salmon hatchery
- Husbandry intern at a large-scale aquarium facility
- Three years as a translation editor for French-Canadian colleagues
- Continuously improving French language skills
- Completed university-level biochemistry and humanities courses in German

Other relevant keywords:

shipping, seamanship, ISM, pilotage, SAR, cargo, diving, environmental, remediation, policy, safety, regulations

Editorial Skills

  • Bilingual editing
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Government materials, general
  • Policies and procedures


  • Ecology and environment
  • Government, federal
  • Life sciences
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Transportation