Cypress Hansen

Science Communication:

An art and a science

After researching microplastics, larval ecology and comb jellies as a marine biologist, Cypress decided that her niche lies in sharing and explaining science, rather than conducting it.

Cypress started with science education and interpretation, teaching science to special needs college students and leading her own tide pooling tours in Monterey, California, before attending the U.C. Santa Cruz Science Communication Master's Program in 2021.

Cypress has since written for Knowable Magazine, Mongabay, Eos, Mercury News, Scientific American and more, about a range of topics including wildfire, noise pollution, whales, mosquito diversity and fungi.

A lifelong artist, Cypress' illustrations have appeared in print and her photos have been featured alongside several stories.

Sifting through the contents of a plankton tow in the jelly lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Getting to know coastal critters of the Monterey Peninsula as an independent tide pool tour guide

Catch and release rockcod fishing inside Point Lobos State Marine Reserve to discern long-term success

of marine protected areas