Andrea Carter started on her path as a science writer when she realized that she had a greater talent for talking about science than for working at the lab bench. After majoring in biology at the University of California at San Diego, she worked at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, developing immunological tests for dolphins and beluga whales. She later became a health educator at Planned Parenthood and then worked as a writer for a scientific nonprofit, the Vision of Children Foundation, both in San Diego.

Carter also flexed her creative muscles through her hobbies, working as a scenic painter at the La Jolla Playhouse and traveling to Florence, Italy, to study language and art restoration. Thankfully, the Boston University Science Journalism program validated both her interest in science and her creative side by accepting her into its masters program, from which she graduated in 2007.

She has written on a range of topics including the science behind stiletto heels, curry spice as a cancer fighting agent, and the plight of the bluefin tuna. Carter lives in Falmouth with her husband and keeps busy raising two young daughters. In her “spare time,” she has written for the ABC News Web site, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute news section, and Children’s Hospital Boston, in addition to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.