Clare is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in science.

Photo credit: Paul Jones | UOW

Photo credit: Paul Jones | UOW

 

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I have a background in biomedical research but I prefer punctuation to pipetting. It was Oliver Sacks and RadioLab, textbooks with a twist for a neuroscience class, that introduced me to storytelling in science.

Online, in print or on the airwaves, I translate complex scientific ideas into digestible narratives.

My work has been published by Undark, TIME, Smithsonian Magazine, Australian Geographic, SBS Science and Smith Journal, and aired on ABC RN's The Science Show.

Blimp used to spot sharks, ABC RN The Science Show (Image: UOW)

Blimp used to spot sharks, ABC RN The Science Show (Image: UOW)

Chasing opal in the Australian Outback, Undark (Image: Robert A. Smith/Jenni Brammall, Australian Opal Centre)

Chasing opal in the Australian Outback, Undark (Image: Robert A. Smith/Jenni Brammall, Australian Opal Centre)

A shared path to conserving our country, Australian Geographic (Image: John Hembraa, Hunter Intrepid Landcare)

A shared path to conserving our country, Australian Geographic (Image: John Hembraa, Hunter Intrepid Landcare)

 
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Based in Wollongong, Australia, I enjoy writing about homegrown science and I love getting out into the field or on the road.

I’ve travelled to dusty corners of New South Wales to meet the palaeontologists who are working to protect Australia’s opalised fossils. I’ve stumbled through Sydney’s wetlands behind an enthusiastic entomologist and caught a shark scientist on his lunch break, all in pursuit of a good story.

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Find me on Twitter @clarewhatson


What has stood out to me after working with Clare is her genuine passion for making the wonders of science, and the talented people who do scientific research, accessible through writing.
— Melina Georgousakis, Founder, Franklin Women
 
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Franklin Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, July 2019 (Image: Tim Levy)

Franklin Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, July 2019 (Image: Tim Levy)

Summer Land book tour, Wollongong Library, June 2019

Summer Land book tour, Wollongong Library, June 2019

Magnified Science Art Exhibition, July 2018

Magnified Science Art Exhibition, July 2018

When it comes to collaborating on ideas and articles, Clare is not only fun, but thorough and perceptive. Her writing is enlightening and educational; something a wide range of people enjoy reading.
— Summer Land, Author of I Now Pronounce You Husband and Expat