About Kelsey Fitzgerald

I am a science writer interested in stories about the environment, outdoors, people, and places in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada. In 2022, I began teaching at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Reno, Nevada, where I lead the Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science and work with students who are interested in finding new ways to communicate science through storytelling. Additionally, I serve as communications coordinator and run a journalism internship program for Native Climate, a project that supports climate adaptation efforts in Native American communities of the Western US.

I am a 2015 graduate of the master’s program at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and have a bachelor’s degree in biology from Skidmore College in New York. Formerly, I have worked as a science writer and senior communication officer for the Desert Research Institute, Green reporter for the Reno News & Review, project manager for Otis Bay Ecological Consultants, a woodland firefighter for the BLM, and various other positions in biology and ecology.

Please explore this website for selected samples of my published writing and links to web projects. Other samples of my writing and photography are available on Truckee River Guide, an interactive field guide and citizen science project for the Truckee River region. Thanks for visiting!

~Kelsey McCutcheon Fitzgerald


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