Catherine Schmitt is the author of A Coastal Companion: A Year in the Gulf of Maine from Cape Cod to Canada, published by Tilbury House in 2008; The President’s Salmon: Restoring the King of Fish and its Home Waters, from Down East in 2015; and Historic Acadia National Park, Lyons Press 2016. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals including Island Journal; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Friends of Acadia Journal; Terrain; Cold Mountain Review, and 1966 (see the Archives for published articles and essays). While these outlets and their respective audiences are diverse, the content is always related to science/nature/environment/place.
Schmitt has undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science, and has worked in lakes, streams, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeast. She earned a Stonecoast MFA in creative nonfiction in 2012. As science writer for Maine Sea Grant from 2004-2018, Schmitt conveyed research findings and information about ocean and coastal issues to various audiences. A Coastal Companion was part of this effort, as was her role as managing editor for The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine. She has taught at the University of Maine in the Department of English, including a science writing course, and frequently presents lectures and workshops on communication to scientists, resource managers, and students. She currently works as science communication specialist for Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park.
Catherine Schmitt is on the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Board of Directors and the Board of the Somes Pond Center. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. She lives in Bangor, Maine.