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Mariette DiChristina
Mariette DiChristina

Mariette DiChristina

Scientific American

New York, NY USA

"If you're bored, you're doing something wrong. Stay curious and stay passionate."

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Mariette's work combines: Journalism, Science, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Editor in Chief

I'm a science journalist committed to promoting STEM education and wider engagement of the public with science.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Boston University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Says that her path is really clear now that she's looking back, but it wasn't at all clear when she was in high school.

  • 2.

    Grew up with a single father who told her that she could be anything she wanted to be, which wasn't always the message women were told at the time.

  • 3.

    She always had an interest in science, but was overwhelmed by trying to pick one field-she enjoyed almost every science-related subject.

  • 4.

    When she got to college, she didn't know what to major in, but she had a journalism class that she says was "the most fun she'd ever had."

  • 5.

    One day, her professor pulled her aside and said, "All the best people are in journalism-you could be in journalism. You can do this."

  • 6.

    After college, she took a reporting job at a local newspaper.

  • 7.

    Her tryout story had been a piece on bluefish returning to the area; she realized that writing science stories could be her niche.

  • 8.

    Before that moment, she'd never thought that she'd be able to bring together both of her passions; suddenly it all clicked.