Chelsey B. Coombs is a writer and multimedia producer living in New York City by way of a tiny town in Central Illinois and then a slightly larger college town in Central Illinois.
In that slightly larger college town, known as Champaign-Urbana, she studied molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois. And while she enjoyed learning the mechanism of action of NSAIDs and researching honey bee aggression and grasshopper mating behavior, she couldn’t quite shake her need to write and be creative (although dodging angry bees was certainly a creative endeavor).
She moved to NYC to become a graduate student at New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, and during that time, she wrote on topics from urban wind turbines to animal consciousness to Georgia’s boom in electric vehicles. She also created a few multimedia projects about fish and – what else – bees.
In grad school, she was also the social media editor and then the environment editor of Scienceline, a tech researcher/reporter for Gizmodo and an editorial intern at OnEarth and Climate Central. She was, as the kids say, “insanely busy.”
Her areas of focus today are the environment, technology and social justice issues, and she is currently an editor and producer at Rockets Are Cool. But if you want someone to do great journalism for you (science-related or not) as a staffer or a freelancer, please contact her. And don’t forget to follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo and LinkedIn. Wow that’s a lot of social media accounts.