Chris Reeves strives to write narrative stories that explore humanity’s personal and ecological interconnections with an environment that is changing as fast as our culture. He writes about nature, ecology, marine-science, environmental pollution, wildlife conflict, and medicine.
In addition to freelance science journalism, Chris also writes and edits for scientific peer-reviewed journals, and educational science curricula. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Newport Life Magazine, among other publications. He is always interested in exploring new writing and educational mediums, especially radio, creative non-fiction, and social media.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Arts in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to conducting a wide range of marine-science research, Chris worked in science communication for 15 years.
In his free time, Chris gives public talks and workshops about plastic pollution, marine-science, and science communication. He also volunteers to run a local storytelling project in Newport, Rhode Island, and TEDx Newport. Chris works as a professional sailor and spends as much time as possible in, on, and around the ocean.
Chris is married to a marine biologist, Christin, and he keeps a running list of all the super-sciency things she says about everyday stuff. They travel extensively for conferences, sailing, and diving.
The time a 50-ton whale drove along the streets of Portland, Maine
The Washington Post
Health and Science, February 4, 2017
I was invited to assist with the necropsy of a north Atlantic right whale in Gorham, Maine. Right whales are critically endangered animals and this specimen was extremely valuable for science. I was not there to report on the story and the researchers involved had avoided the media. I was later able to convince the research team to agree to a story that focuses on composting as a method of disposing of such a large carcass.
Did a Glowing Sea Creature Help Push the U.S. Into the Vietnam War?
Science, July 11, 2017
This was a fun exercise in reporting on how wildlife may have altered the course major historical events. This story relied on distant memories of three emeritus marine-science professors and took several months of historical research and reporting to verify (NSA documents, interviews with Navy historians and technicians, and several additional scientists).
Fallow Fields to Fertile Minds: How Gary Griggs Grew a Marine-science Powerhouse
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
at UC Santa Cruz
March 24, 2018
I was asked to write a retrospective career profile of a scientist who was stepping down as Director of the Institute of Marine-science at UC Santa Cruz after 26 years (typically a 5-year appointment). This was used as a printed booklet for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s annual Global Ocean Awards ceremony, where Dr. Gary Griggs was receiving the award. I like this example of an in-depth profile portrait.