Safina Center "Kalpana Chawla Launchpad Fellow" 2017 (Inaugural) and 2018
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
Center for Humans and Nature's March Artist of the Month - 2018
Photographer's Forum Best of Photography, runner-up 2010 (BW), 2012 (color), 2017 (color)
Stony Brook University Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service Creative Expressions Contest Winner, 2010
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 Cirino is a science writer and artist who explores the human connection to nature – wild creatures in particular — in both her writing and art.
As a WRITER, Erica covers stories about wildlife and the environment, most often related to biology, conservation and policy. Her stories appear in Scientific American, VICE, Ars Technica, Audubon, The Atlantic, New Scientist, National Geographic Blog, The Center for Humans and Nature's City Creatures Blog and other popular science publications.
As an ARTIST, Erica possesses a strong command of various disciplines. 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.
One of her major creative 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.
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 global travels and experiences covering the story of plastic pollution, science and solutions. 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: