Leslie Mertz, Ph.D.
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An experienced freelance writer, editor and consultant
Science and Technology Writing
Mertz's academic background is in both communication and in biological sciences, which gives her particular insight into environmental and ecological topics. In addition, she is a field-biology instructor for two Michigan universities, and teaches summer courses to undergraduate and graduate students, and in-service science teachers. She has written extensively on invertebrate and vertebrate animals for a major publisher, has authored five books and co-authored a sixth on animals, has written chapters for a major high-school biology textbook, and has written scores of other articles covering such topics as animal behavior, conservation, ecosystem management, evolution, ecology, and many others. Samples of her environmental work are available here.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, and freelance writer for commercial clients, Mertz has considerable experience writing business, lifestyle, and all manner of general-topic articles. For a food-services client, for example, her articles have covered such topics as restaurant staffing, menu development and pricing, upselling, stress management, and customer service. Samples are available on request.
Mertz's background in biology and her experience at a research university have made her well-suited to medical writing. She is particularly adept at translating highly technical research findings into interesting and accurate copy that is understandable by non-medical scientists as well as the lay public, including patients and care-givers. Mertz has also covered medical research conferences and from the sessions, drafted articles that not only describe the work but also its implications for the future of medical care. Samples of her medical writing are available here.
In addition to writing articles and web content, Mertz has worked on many publications from concept to completion. This includes a science magazine and several other magazines, newsletters, booklets and brochures for a major research university. In many instances, she has helped clients to envision and initiate new marketing efforts, and has then taken responsibility for ensuring their completion and their quality.
Clients often seek out Leslie Mertz for her ability to translate complex scientific subjects into understandable and engaging printed and online copy for various scientific, medical and lay audiences. She can provide numerous recommendations from her clients. Her editorial services include:
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