I provide writing/editing services, curriculum review, project management and publication production. My specialty is translating technical and scientific content for a general audience. My areas of focus include science, natural history, wildlife, the environment, marine and coastal issues, sustainable agriculture, gardening and horticulture. I love discovering the weird and the wonderful and bringing those stories alive for readers of all ages.
I earned a B.A. in Communications from North Carolina State University and began my career as a newspaper reporter. From there, I moved into the sphere of coastal research-based outreach. I am now a freelance journalist and editorial consultant.
News & Feature Writing
I'm a regular contributor to Carolina Country magazine, having written about moonshine, black truffles, organically grown cotton, bluebirds, chimney swifts, eco-travel, history, wildlife and dozens of other topics, including more than 70 articles on gardening and horticulture. For the science journal Environmental Health Perspectives, I've tackled technical topics such as Mongolian dust storms, estrogens in seawater and antibiotic residues in livestock buildings. My articles have also appeared in Friend of Wildlife, Wake Living, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Naturalist, National Fisherman, Outer Banks magazine and Coastwatch.
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Youth Curriculum Contributions
I have worked on a dozen major Web-based and print curricula for pre-K through high school, with emphasis on STEM education. I provide content review, substantive editing and copyediting in addition to verifying alignment with state and national standards, including Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards. Examples include:
- TechXcite: A Web-based curriculum developed by Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, designed to spark an interest in engineering and technology among middle-school students. Designed for use in classrooms and in after-school programs such as 4-H Youth, YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs. Role: Youth Curriculum Reviewer
- Students Discover / Kenan Fellows Lessons: NSF-funded, scalable middle-school curriculum to support student participation in a broad range of citizen science projects, from measuring fossilized shark teeth to observing mammals with camera traps. The project provides a framework for students to participate in scientific discoveries. Role: Reviewer/Editor
- Exploring North Carolina in the Schools: A series of 27 natural-history-based lesson plans for classroom and home study that are companion resources to the Emmy-nominated UNC-TV nature series called Exploring North Carolina. Role: Reviewer/Editor
Museum Interpretive Content Development
As an exhibit team member, I helped develop interpretive content for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ flagship gallery, which spans two floors and 7,000 square feet. I consulted with staff researchers and members of the science community to develop accurate, engaging and concise natural history stories for visitors. The museum is the largest of its kind in the southeastern United States, drawing more than 1 million visitors a year.
Senior Editor of Coastwatch, a magazine about marine and coastal topics. [1991-1996]
Interim Managing Editor of Naturalist, the magazine of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. 
- Society of Environmental Journalists, Member
- Citizen Science Association, Member
- Smithsonian Institution, Digital Volunteer
- Monarch Watch & Project Monarch Health, Volunteer Monitor
- North Carolina Native Plant Society, Member
E-mail me at: TheCarlaBurgess at gmail dot com