Kara L, PhD | Elance
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Kara L, PhD

Science & Environment Research/Writing/Editing
  |   Hamilton, Ontario
  |  10:36 pm Local Time


* Effective Aug 2015 :: available only for small projects *

BIOTIC SYNTAX :: consulting services from a scientist / university professor with a creative flair. I invite interesting opportunities to use my research, writing and editing expertise (science, environment & travel).

Skills include analysis, content writing, editing, french-english translation, from an environmental biologist with 20+ years of experience and a passion for making the technical reachable. I also offer project management and advice on study design/ dissertations | design of education materials | technical translation | analytical, communication & organizational skills.

My specialties include biology, ecology, resource management, environmental studies, and teaching science. An avid traveller, my international work experiences enrich my approach to research, writing and teaching. [ Can accept invitations in other categories, e.g. Admin (research), Finance & Mgmt (analysis) ].
Service Description
I provide the following skills and services:

SCIENCE: I am a field Ecologist / Conservation Biologist educated in the fields of Biology and Environmental Studies. My research interests include biodiversity, ecology, ornithology, resource policy, wildlife management, and environmental restoration.

- environmental work of all kinds, including project management
- independent or collaborative research, including data analysis, interpretation and communication of results
- educational materials such as curriculum development, lesson plans and original learning activities for students of any age

WRITING: my specialties are science, ecology, environment, natural history and education, birds, ecotourism / adventure travel, sustainable building and design, and other "green" initiatives. (And, randomly: knitting!) I can communicate complex ideas in a clear and dynamic style. My work is published in many peer-reviewed journals and in popular media.

- general technical writing, briefing notes, background papers, and reports
- creative / content writing: articles, stories, blog posts, presentations, as required
- summarizing scientific and technical material: e.g. medical research, financial information, statistical analysis
- proofreading, copy editing and editing technical material (articles, presentations, proposals, theses)
- aiding authors whose mother tongue is not English with the publication process
- help with funding and research proposals

TRANSLATION: French-to-English translation (mother tongue English).
I work with a small translation company, where I am partnered with another translator who proofs my work to ensure the highest quality. We also handle French proofreading and editing, along with translation to French, Spanish, and many other languages. Our clients include government, education, corporate, and non-profit organizations.



I have worked as a biologist, analyst and project manager in diverse sectors: academic, corporate, government, and non-profit. Thus, I have a unique ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear fashion, with people from a variety of backgrounds.

The experience I bring to the table includes work with the following organizations:

* With UNIVERSITIES, I have conducted research in many remote locations :: Northern: Churchill, MB, Nunavut, Newfoundland, and Queen Charlotte Islands, BC in Canada; and in the Aleutian Islands and Kodiak, Alaska, USA. :: Tropical : Central America (Panama, Trinidad and Tobago), Africa (Madagascar).
- University of Guelph, Canada
- Brock University, Canada
- Queen's University, Canada
- University of Toronto, Canada
- University of Melbourne, Australia

* I have also worked for the following Departments and Agencies within the GOVERNMENT of Canada:
- Canadian Wildlife Service / Environment Canada
- National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
- Parks Canada
- House of Commons
University of Toronto
PhD Ecology & Evolution / Environmental Studies
- 2008
Queen's University
MSc Biology (evolutionary biology, conservation)
- 1996
University of Guelph
BSc Biology (botany, ecology, resources, wildlife)
- 1994
several Universities and Government Departments
consulting Researcher, Biologist &Technical Writer
1990 - Present
Freelance consultant with Universities, Government Departments, and scientists. Key clients since 2012 include Canadian Wildlife Service, France's Centre national de la recherche scientifique, a scientific editing company, and a translation company. Details in "Service Description" section, above.
Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada
Postdoctoral Fellow, Boreal Avian Modeling Project
2007 - 2010
University of Toronto, ON, Canada
Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Researcher
2002 - 2008
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Environmental Policy Advisor
1997 - 1999
Payment Terms
Escrow jobs only (i.e. I can commence once escrow has been funded). Client releases funds upon satisfaction with the work.
Kara L, PhD | Elance

Kara L, PhD