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Mark Essig, PhD

Project Science Writer

Science Writer, Spatial Informatics Group

Mark is a Science Writer for Pyregence and Spatial Informatics Group. With two decades of experience as a professional writer and editor, he specializes in science, medicine, technology, agriculture, and climate change. Mark has worked for clients including the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, World Agroforestry Centre, US Forest Service International Programs, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. A former newspaper editor, he has written two books of narrative history—Lesser Beasts (Basic Books) and Edison & the Electric Chair (Walker & Co.)—and collaborated on book projects and technical reports with medical doctors, business professors, research scientists, and video-game designers. He has contributed to publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Atlas Obscura, and the Yale Journal of the Law & the Humanities. Mark holds a doctorate in History from Cornell University and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Virginia. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.