Cypress Hansen

Science Communication:

An art and a science


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


After building her verbal communication skills through science interpretation and education in Monterey, California, Cypress graduated from the U.C. Santa Cruz Science Communication Master's Program in 2021.


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


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


Cypress is currently writing for the

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


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 marine reserve to discern long-term efficacy of marine protected areas