Meghan Bartels

Science journalist

I’m currently a senior writer at, where you can reach me via email.
In 2016, I earned a masters in journalism from New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.
I enjoy writing about topics from the environment to infectious diseases, from archaeology to astronomy.
In previous lives, I worked at an environmental book publisher and majored in classics at Georgetown University.

Featured Freelance Articles:

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Video: The science of game design

How to know when to hold an idea and when to fold it
June 20, 2016

Podcast: Digging into the Venetian lagoon

How water and forest combined to build a city
February 8, 2016