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Cherie Winner

Editor/writer, Oceanus magazine

Cherie Winner grew up roaming meadows and woods in Utah, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio, often bringing salamanders and snakes home to her delighted parents. Science writing was on the wall early on: For her fifth birthday she wanted a microscope (which she still has), and a year later she asked to use her father’s typewriter (which he agreed to on condition that she learn how to do more than hunt and peck).

Despite those early signs, it took her a while to realize that she didn’t have to choose between journalism and science. She earned a Ph.D. in zoology at Ohio State and taught developmental biology at Miami University (Ohio), where a summer class on feature writing led to her first magazine story and first children’s book, both on salamanders. Within a few years she had moved to Wyoming and was writing about nature and science fulltime (when she wasn't flyfishing or cross-country skiing). She has written 22 books for children, on subjects ranging from the ecology of Alaska’s North Slope to the history of blood transfusion. She was science writer for the Washington State University news service and Washington State Magazine for four years before coming to Oceanus as a staff writer/editor in 2009. In October 2014 she moved to Penn State as editor of Research|Penn State magazine and associate director of research communications.

Her writing projects have put her on a snowmobile, tracking cougars through the woods of northeastern Washington; on the banks of the Platte River, thrilling to the sight and sound of thousands of sandhill cranes returning to their nighttime roost; and on the back of a Bactrian (2-hump) camel. In fall 2011 she took her first oceanographic research cruise, a Dive & Discover expedition to the Mediterranean.

She likes to read, hike, garden, play Celtic harp, watch movies and live theater, and do fun things with her dogs Harper and Guthrie and cat Pico.

Featured Work

» To Banish Biofouling
A slimy new front in the age-old battle against barnacles

» Taking It To the Limit
Light, matter, and scientific immortality

» Medicines from Marine Microbes?
Ocean bacteria vs. cystic fibrosis

» Of Dogs, Drugs, and Medical Decisions
How our genetic makeup influences our response to medications

» 50 Years of the WHOI Buoy Group
Interactive timeline of key events in the history of WHOI's Buoy Group

» Beach Closure interactive
Kid-friendly interactive feature about beach contamination

» Welcome to Mildew Manor
And you think your house needs work

» Rare Bird
Profile of ornithologist Paul Johnsgard

» Lost Glories, Found
The search for New Zealand's Pink and White Terraces

» Contagion
Unraveling the mystery of emerging diseases

» A Glacier's Pace
Ocean and ice: Research on Greenland's fjords and glaciers

» Counting Cougs
Tracking elusive mountain lions

» Dive & Discover Expedition 14
Daily dispatches, slideshows, and multimedia from a research cruise in the Mediterranean

» An Ocean Rescue
Heather Goldstone of WCAI interviewed me about a dramatic turn of events on the Dive & Discover cruise

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