Kirsten Weir is an award-winning science writer and editor based in Minneapolis. She has over a decade of experience writing for newspapers, magazines, websites, and books, covering topics from evolution and neurobiology to climate change and the physics of the flying trapeze.
Kirsten grew up collecting water beetles, playing with snakes, and slogging through swamps in southern Michigan. She made her science education official studying biology at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After a regrettably thorough investigation of the mating habits of the yellow mealworm beetle, she realized she wasn’t meant to be a lab rat. Switching gears (but not abandoning her love of science and discovery), she went on to earn a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University’s Science, Health, & Environmental Reporting Program.
Kirsten’s work has appeared in publications such as Discover, New Scientist, U.S. News & World Report, Salon, Popular Science, and Psychology Today. In addition to writing for the popular press, she contributes her writing and editing talents to trade magazines, academic publications, and other publications both digital and print. She’s also a contributing editor for Nature Conservancy magazine.
Kirsten also has extensive experience in educational publishing and has produced articles, books, lesson plans, classroom activities, and website content for children and teenagers. She’s worked with major educational publishers including Weekly Reader, National Geographic Explorer!, and Scholastic.
A selection of sample articles is available on this site. For more writing samples, or to learn how you can work with Kirsten, please get in touch.
Whether she’s writing for kids, the general public, or scientific professionals, Kirsten is skilled at translating tough topics into articles that will entertain, educate, and inspire. And she’s never missed a deadline.