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


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

Erica Cirino

Erica Cirino is a science writer and artist who explores the human connection to nature–wild creatures in particular. 

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 TechnicaAudubon, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Hakai MagazineOceans Deeply, Proto 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 subjects. 

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 focused on covering stories about the global plastic pollution crisis, from science to solutions. She gives lectures about her expeditions reporting these stories as a journalist as part of her Go and See Tour: Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic. Learn more about her tour and book a presentation here. She also works as a guest researcher studying plastic pollution at Roskilde University in Denmark.


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


Society of Environmental Journalists Member - August 2015 to present

Licensed New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator - April 2008 to present