Ann Gibbons-Public Communication for Researchers - Carnegie Mellon University

Ann Gibbons

Correspondent, Science Magazine


Ann Gibbons has been a correspondent for more than a decade for Science magazine, where she has specialized in writing about evolution. She has taught science writing in the English Department at Carnegie Mellon University and has written articles for the New York Times, Discover, Insight travel guides, and other publications. Before joining the staff of Science, Ann was an award-winning science writer for newspapers in San Diego and Palo Alto, California. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Science Journalism Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Her fieldwork has taken her far and wide: she has sifted fossils with anthropologists in Kenya; trailed a medical anthropologist studying the health effects of deforestation in Papua New Guinea; explored the tributaries of the Sepik River in a dugout canoe; climbed volcanic slopes in Java; and ventured into the Aboriginal homeland of Arnhem Land to see ancient rock art. She has also personally participated in biological research, sequencing DNA at Woods Hole and building phylogenetic trees on computers. The result of all this exploration has been hundreds of news stories and features on topics ranging from the evolution of viruses and DNA to the discovery of fossils of feathered dinosaurs and early human ancestors.

Ann currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, three children and a dog, all of whom fit in her van.


Ann co-taught our 2012 "Telling Science Stories" seminar.