Sarah Olson Michel

Sarah (she/they) is a science and feminism writer based in Oregon, USA.

Their work has been featured in Science Magazine, POPSUGAR, Leapsmag, PLOS SciComm, Women You Should Know, and elsewhere. She has been a guest on Science Friday, Australia’s Science Friction show, and The Science Pawdcast. In 2018, she was a recipient of the National Association of Science Writers’ Undergraduate Science Journalism travel fellowship to the annual AAAS conference, where she reported on California’s methane emissions. She also received the California Internship and Work Experience Association’s Bernard L. Hyink essay scholarship for two-year college students that year.

Before attending Oregon State University, Sarah worked for an independent bookstore managing their science, math, and nature sections while they wrote book reviews. In 2019, they transferred to OSU to study marine microbiology and science writing. They worked in Dr. Stephen Giovannoni’s High Throughput Microbial Cultivation lab and received the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Award for work in Dr. Rick Colwell’s Geomicrobiology lab, though her research project was postponed due to COVID-19.

Sarah believes that science must be equitable and accessible, and they frequently write about issues in science through a feminist lens. As an ex-evangelical Christian, Sarah writes about her experiences leaving behind a childhood in religious fundamentalism and science denial. Their writing about these topics and others can be found on Medium.

When Sarah is not writing, she can be found retraining rescued horses and working at a stable. They are passionate about helping neglected and abused animals find a second chance at life. She lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her spouse, a pair of adopted cats, and far too many books.

Find Sarah on Twitter: SOlsonMichel

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“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

Carl Sagan

Book Review Requests

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