Sailing the South Pacific Ocean, December 2017. ©Rasmus Hytting

Sailing the South Pacific Ocean, December 2017. ©Rasmus Hytting



Safina Center "Kalpana Chawla Launchpad" Fellow 2017 (Inaugural) and 2018

Inaugural CUNY Resilience Fellow 2017

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Ocean Science Journalism Fellow 2016


Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Undergraduate Honors Award, May 2014

Stony Brook University Sustainability Studies Director's Award for Academic Excellence, May 2014

Presidential Scholarship, 2010 - 2014


Stony Brook University Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service Creative Expressions Contest Winner, 2010

Photographer's Forum Best of Photography, runner-up 2010 (BW), 2012 (color), 2017 (color)

Long Island's Best Young Artists 2008 - mixed media sculpture


MS Journalism  focus in science, health, environment & tech reporting. Summa cum laude.

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.   —   12/2015

BA Environmental Studies, Minor in Environmental Humanities  focus in environmental science, policy & law. Cum laude, with honors.

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.   —   5/2014

Erica's Alaskan Malamute, Foosa, on Long Island, Summer 2014. ©Erica Cirino.

Erica's Alaskan Malamute, Foosa, on Long Island, Summer 2014. ©Erica Cirino.

Erica Cirino

Erica Cirino is an international science writer and artist interested in exploring the human connection to nature – wild creatures in particular — in both her writing and art.

One of her major inspirations is her role as a licensed wildlife rehabber who has spent several years in the clinical setting. Through her writing, art and wildlife rehabilitation work, Erica hopes to foster human thought, conversation and, perhaps, admiration for the natural world. 

As a WRITER, Erica covers wildlife and the environment, and specializes in biology, conservation and policy. Her stories appear in Scientific American, VICE, Ars TechnicaAudubon, The Atlantic, National Geographic Voices, The Center for Humans and Nature's City Creatures blog and other popular science publications. She is also a meticulous proofreader, copy editor and fact checker.

As an ARTIST, Erica possesses a strong command of various artistic media. She is an award-winning photographer and mixed-media artist who combines her artistic finesse with her knowledge of wildlife physiology and ecology to create striking, thoughtful works focused on wildlife and environmental subject matter. She is also a creative graphic/website designer who creates engaging media for diverse clientele, from non-profit organizations to competitive athletes to academic professionals. 

CURRENTLY Erica is in the midst of her Go and See Tour: Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic, a series of presentations about her travels and experiences covering the story of plastic pollution. Learn more about her tour and book a presentation here

RECENTLY Erica was invited to share her career story on the My Science Story Podcast, created by teacher Brandon Timm. Listen here: