Robin Lloyd


Robin Lloyd, a science writer going back to the Galileo mission to Jupiter, now works as a freelance writer and contributing editor to Scientific American, where she was news editor from 2009 to 2015. She also teaches reporting and writing to master’s degree candidates in NYU Journalism’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. Previously, she was a senior editor for and She has additional experience in print journalism (Pasadena Star-News); wire service journalism (City News Service in Los Angeles); and network online journalism ( She worked for five years as a science publicist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT for the 1998-99 academic year.

From 2010 to 2012, Lloyd served as a board member for the National Association of Science Writers. She also has chaired NASW’s Program Committee, helping to evaluate dozens of grant applications for programs to advance the profession of science writing. She served as a preliminary judge for NASW’s Science in Society awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She has attended CASW’s New Horizons in Science briefings nearly every year since 1998. In 2013, she served on a three-person external review committee to help University of California, Santa Cruz administrators evaluate UCSC’s Science Communications certificate program. Lloyd speaks regularly to early-career science writers, science journalists and students about the profession of science writing.