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Lydia Larsen


I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in both genetics and genomics and life sciences communication from the University of Wisconsin. While in college, I worked in an evolutionary genetics lab where I studied the evolution of copepods (tiny crustaceans) as they adapted to temperature and salinity shifts caused by climate change. I also joined a science communication research group focused on scientific misinformation on Facebook and Instagram as regards wellness, women’s health and vaccines.

I first started writing for the UW’s undergraduate science and technology research journal and quickly found science writing to be a fascinating way to combine my two passions: doing science and storytelling about its beauty and import. I went on to cover the science beat as a writer and editor at The Badger Herald, an independent UW student newspaper. Soon after I began editing “What Brings You in Today?” a narrative medicine podcast hosted by UW medical students.

In my free time, I love to read, run, and listen to live music. I am thrilled to join the Inside Climate News team this summer.


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Photo Credit: Caroline Crowley

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fellowship Sponsor: University of Wisconsin

Fellowship Host: Inside Climate News