Sarah Olson Michel

Sarah Olson Michel (she/they) is a science writer and nonfiction book reviewer based in Oregon, USA.

Their work has been featured in Science Magazine, POPSUGAR, Leapsmag, PLOS SciComm, and Medium’s GEN publication. She has been a guest on Science Friday and Australia’s Science Friction show, as well as The Science Pawdcast with Bunsen and Beaker. 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. The same year, she also received the California Internship and Work Experience Association’s Bernard L. Hyink essay scholarship for two-year college students.

In 2019, Sarah transferred from their community college to Oregon State University to study marine microbiology and science writing. There, 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. She is currently taking a leave of absence from her studies.

Sarah believes that science must be equitable and accessible, and frequently writes about issues in science through an intersectional feminist lens. As an ex-evangelical Christian, Sarah also writes about her experiences leaving behind a childhood in religious fundamentalism and science denial. Their feminist writing can be found on Medium. She has also been featured in Women You Should Know.

When Sarah is not writing, they can be found working part-time at the horse stable where she is retraining a rescue horse. She lives in Corvallis with her husband, their adopted cats, and far too many books.

Twitter: ReadMoreScience

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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

I am accepting requests for book reviews on a limited basis. Nonfiction genres focused on science, nature, and technology only. Please reach out if you are interested in getting a book reviewed.



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