Jacoba Maria Charles

P.O. Box 367 · Inverness, CA, 94937



Writer and reporter focused on science and natural resource issues. Stories contributed to both print and broadcast radio media, including the New York Times, Salon.com, Marin Magazine, Bay Nature, Plenty Magazine, Theme Magazine and KWMR.

Content development, technical writing and editing, and environmental analysis in California and Washington.  Field experience includes botanical assessments, vegetation mapping for fire management plans, species inventories using Rarefind software, and technical editing of Environmental Impact Statements.  Clients include local environmental consulting firms and communications companies.

Reporter and photographer focused on science, art, natural resources issues and local news in Point Reyes Station, California. I was responsible for providing two to four articles per week that were each 700 to 2000 words long, as well as accompanying photographs and short news briefs. Additional responsibilities included editing, copy editing, fact checking and assisting interns, managing the paper while the editor was on vacation.

Project manager and wetland ecologist in Seattle, Washington. Designed restoration projects; conducted habitat assessments and sensitive area evaluations; developed bid proposals and project reports; represented company at meetings and conferences; directed field crew.

Field Scientist based out of Aleknagik, Alaska.  Collected sockeye salmon run data beginning in a cannery on the Alaska Peninsula.  Rugged fieldwork, living in a tent accessible only by boat and bush plane. 

Restoration Coordinator for the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, Washington. Maintained and developed urban natural area; Planned and conducted invasive plant eradication; coordinated volunteers; collected, planted and tended native seed.


M.A, May 2007. Coursework included: alternative energy resources, carbon sequestration, wetlands and climate change.  Masters research examined the success of urban habitat restoration in the Bronx.

M.S., May 2007.  Coursework included: magazine writing, science reporting, feature writing, radio skills and photojournalism.  Masters project on producing electricity through waste incineration.

B.S., March 2003.  Emphasis on ecology, with a minor in wildlife science. Pursued independent research projects in biogeography, fisheries and evolutionary biology.



National Newspaper Association: honorable mention for best feature series (circulation less than 4,500), 2008; National Newspaper Association: co-winner for best investigative or in-depth story or series (circulation less than 4,500), 2008; Horgan Prize for excellence in critical science writing, 2007; scholarship for academic achievement in earth and environmental science, 2006; Mary Garrett Hayes scholarship for academic achievement in botany, 2003.



Society of Environmental Journalists; Ecological Society of America.