Erica Cirino

Science Writer, Artist and Social Media Coordinator

I write for the Safina Center about wildlife, scientific research and the environment and manage the Safina Center’s website and social media channels.

I’m a science writer and artist with a background in environmental biology, conservation and policy. I contribute to publications and organizations that advance the scientific understanding of animals and the environment, such as the National Audubon Society, Scientific American, The Atlantic and the Center for Humans and Nature. I’m also a licensed wildlife rehabber with six years of experience working in the clinical setting.

I earned my B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2014 and my M.S. in Journalism–with a science, environment, health and tech focus–in 2015, both at Stony Brook University. As a graduate student, I reported on the 2014-2015 U.S. avian influenza outbreak and interned as a science writer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Watson School of Biological Sciences. Now I work as a freelance photojournalist for major media outlets internationally such as VICE, Scientific American, Hakai and more.

When I’m not traveling you can find me writing, photographing and making art on Long Island, New York. When I’m not creating, I enjoy hiking, diving, birdwatching, cooking healthy vegan food and visiting art museums with friends.