Throughout my life, I have been surrounded by and intrigued by the stories of science. This culminated in the completion of a PhD in Chemistry in 2008. I focused on a forensic application of isotope ratio mass spectrometry and had the opportunity to intern with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Thailand. During this time, I found that I loved reading other scientists research, learning about what they did and why, and helping them communicate it. I began working as a freelance authors' editor in 2009, specializing in editing scientific text from a diverse range of areas.
I bring enthusiasm, dedication, attention to detail, and a commitment to understand each author's work and help them effectively communicate it. I am proficient at copy, line (or substantive), and developmental (or structural) editing, and enjoy finding the essence of the author's story. My aim is to help an author present their work in a clear and enjoyable manner for the reader, while retaining the author's authentic voice.
I have experience working with scientists for whom English is not their first language, including my internship at the United Nations, and through freelance work editing over 1,300 manuscripts, presentations, abstracts, letters, and reports for authors primarily from Asia.
Personally, I am a parent and homeschooler, an avid grower of house plants and all things edible in my garden, a recreational horse rider, and a passionate advocate for sustainability and connecting people with nature so they value and preserve it. I would be happy to provide editorial services related to any of my personal interests.
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· Authors’ editor: 10 years of experience specializing in science writing support and editing of academic text.
· Experienced communicator: I have presented research at international and national science conferences, won an award in a national science communication competition (2007 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Awards), published research in international peer-reviewed journals, and spoken on local radio to promote a nature event.
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
PhD, Chemistry, 2008
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
BSc(Hons), Chemistry, 2002
ACES: The Society for Editing (Full Member)
Editorial Freelancers Association (Member)
POYNTER NEWS UNIVERSITY
Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing, 2018
Isotope fractionation during precipitation of methamphetamine HCl and discrimination of case samples. David, G et al., Forensic Science International (2010), 200(1–3), 123–129.
Significant determinants of isotope composition during HI/Pred synthesis of methamphetamine. David, G et al., Australian Journal of Chemistry (2010), 63(1) 22–29.
Vibrational spectroscopy and quantum chemical studies of 1,6,7,12,13,18-hexaazatrinaphthylene and related compounds. Gordon, K et al., Spectrochimica Acta Part A-Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy (2009), 72(1), 209–213.
Experimental and computational studies of substituted terthiophene oligomers as electroluminescent materials. Gordon, K et al., Synthetic Metals (2005), 153(1–3), 225–228.
Red electroluminescence from transparent PVK-dye films based on dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine and ReCO3Cl-dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine dyes. David, G et al., Chemical Physics Letters (2004), 383, 292–296.