Maricel Williams | Academic Editing | Earth and Ocean Sciences

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Experienced Science Editor (PhD Earth and Environmental Sciences)

I am an experienced freelance science editor with a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Bristol. My role is to support ESL (English as a Second Language) clients toward publishing their scientific work. I ensure manuscripts are submission-ready in terms of language, grammar, clarity, scientific accuracy, and readability. I go the extra mile toward restructuring sentences to communicate the science as concisely and formally as possible–even if the sentences are grammatically correct.

I can also format manuscripts to ensure they meet the scope of the target journal and correct or highlight areas of ambiguity, odd structuring, and unconventional words/phrases. To date, I have edited ~100 manuscripts from ESL academics across the world, including the Far East, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. As a previous academic myself, I understand what publishers are looking for and will do my best to help you perfect your writing for journal submission and peer review.

I focus my freelance work on laboratory and/or field-based manuscripts rather than numerical modelling studies.

Subject expertise:
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography, Climate Sciences, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Sciences, (pollution, water quality, soil sciences, vegetation/land/ecological degradation), Marine Sciences, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Previous Laboratory Experience (PhD and British Antarctic Survey):

– Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for element analysis (e.g., U and Th in sediments and Mg and Ca in calcite microfossils)
– Scanning electron microscopy for microfossil morphometric analysis (coccolithophores)
– Light- and stereomicroscopy for microplankton species assemblages (foraminifera and diatoms)
– Sediment grain-size analysis (Coulter Counter/Mastersizer)
– Sediment-core sampling and processing (e.g., sieving/carbonate and silica removal/core XRF scanning)
– Sediment radiocarbon dating
– Ocean research experience (palaeoceanography work) onboard the RRS James Cook in the equatorial Atlantic (sediment-core processing/ROV work/CTD work)

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