What does Maren Do?
Great question! But first, nice to meet you! My name is Maren—pronounced like 'Karen', but with an 'M' instead of a 'K'.
I am a science communicator. This means I take complex scientific and technical information and make it engaging and fun and accessible—whether that's in a video, an in-person workshop, or a live talk! I have a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from the College of William & Mary, and I went on to get my MSc in Multimedia Science Communication from Imperial College London, which gave me a global perspective on science and its public face.
I'm now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a contributing science writer and video host for Seeker, where I research, write, and present (often viral) videos on science news topics.
At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) I translate the incredibly exciting work done there into YouTube videos that take the viewer inside the Lab. For these videos I serve as the researcher, writer, host, interviewer, videographer, and editor for the content I create, giving me experience in all aspects of the production process. I create similar videos as a freelance video producer for other clients, such as The Gladstone Institutes.
I have also written on a freelance for SciShow and PBS Digital Studios, and I make videos on my personal YouTube channel too. I love that I get to mix my passion for performance and communication with my love of science and curiosity.
Making science friendly and fun while increasing scientific literacy and engagement is just one of my many interests. I am also a skilled technical writer, a trained stage and screen actress, a social media strategist, a basic web developer, a beginning animator, an experienced yoga, pilates, and group fitness instructor and a certified personal trainer. I speak fluent French, have played the cello professionally, and am always looking to learn something new— and I'd love to work with you.