About & Contact

Hannah Nicole Knighton


Currently based in St. Petersburg, Florida, I’m a freelance science writer with interests in environment, sustainability, and wildlife topics.

My most recent position was as a science writing intern with the Smithsonian’s ocean education platform, the Ocean Portal

My stories have been published with Smithsonian Magazine online, Motif Magazine, and the Well. 

I started working in aquariums at the age of 16 and from there my interests piqued. I earned a B.S Marine Science and a B.A English from Jacksonville University. My research experience includes studying coral reef and nearshore hard-bottom ecosystems in the Florida Keys. Starting in the fall of 2018, I studied flamboyant cuttlefish behavior and embryology as a cephalopod operations intern at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.

I’ve since identified a passion for communicating my interests in wildlife and the environment. I recently graduated with a MA in Science Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. When I’m not writing, I enjoy traveling, sailing, and cat cuddling.

Feel free to use this form to say hello, get in touch about an assignment, or send me a story idea or correction. You can also reach  me on LinkedIn.