About

I am 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. I write for 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.

I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science, and earned a Stonecoast MFA in creative nonfiction in 2012. I have extensive field experience with lakes, streams, wetlands, forests, and beaches throughout the Northeast. As science writer for Maine Sea Grant from 2004-2018, I conveyed research findings and information about ocean and coastal issues to various audiences. A Coastal Companion was part of this effort, as was my role as managing editor for The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine. I am an adjunct instructor in the University of Maine Department of English, where I occasionally teach a science writing course, and frequently present lectures and workshops on communication to scientists, resource managers, and students. I currently work as science communication specialist for Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park.

I am a member of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Board of Directors and the Board of the Somes Pond Center. I am a longtime member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Contact me at info@catherineschmitt.com and let me know if you’re ever passing through Bangor, Maine.

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