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Elyse DeFranco
Science Writer

As DRI’s science writer and media lead, Elyse helps share the story of DRI’s research with the world. With a background in wildlife ecology, environmental science, and science communication, she strives to translate complex scientific topics into clear, engaging language that transcends the boundaries of academia. As a first generation college student, helping everyone — regardless of educational background — access the beauty of scientific discovery is core to her work.

You can find her writing in DRI’s news releases,Storymaps, and Behind the Science Blog. When she’s not writing, she can be found trailing DRI’s researchers through the wilderness, camera and notepad in hand.


M.Sc. Science Communication, U.C. Santa Cruz

M.Sc. Ecology and Environmental Sciences, U. of Maine

B.Sc. Conservation and Resource Studies, U.C. Berkeley