My name is Jennifer Frazer, and I’m a science writer living in Boulder, Colorado, land of Subarus, microbrews, and overpriced outdoor gear. But Lord, how I love it. Our James Beard-Award-winning-chef-to-citizen ratio has got to be among the highest in the nation.
I have degrees in biology and plant pathology (both from Cornell) and a Master’s degree in science writing. I set out to be a scientist, but like many science writers, realized in horror that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in a windowless lab staring into racks of Eppendorf tubes filled with clear liquids. That’s not why I became a biologist.
So I took a different path, one that led me through grad school in science writing at MIT, three months as a reporter intern at the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, three years in Wyoming as the health and environment reporter at the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, and finally here to Boulder, where I work as a science writer for a large science nonprofit. In 2007, I won the AAAS Science Journalism Award in the small newspaper category for work I did into the investigation of a swarm of elk deaths in Wyoming (thank you, Robert Lee Hotz!). In my spare time, I do all manner of outdoor activities from caving to skiing to mushroom hunting to snowshoeing to climbing ridiculously high peaks where boiling water would not cook a wet noodle.