Ellen Rykers

Student Journalist

Ellen Rykers

“Explorer of the weird and wonderful.”
New Zealand


Ellen Rykers is a freelance writer and graduate student at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is studying toward a Master of Science Communication specializing in creative nonfiction writing. Ellen’s work has appeared in Australian Geographic, New Zealand Geographic, Lateral Magazine, Global Hobo and on Radio New Zealand. She aspires to be a full-time writer covering all things scientifically weird and wonderful for publications like National Geographic.

Posts by This Journalist

  • Science Podcasts: The Fun, the Challenges, and Tips from the Pros

    SAN FRANCISCO—Science podcasts are more popular than ever. Producing them takes time, technical savvy, and a deep passion to engage listeners with material that is both informative and fun. How does one start a science podcast and build a dedicated audience? Those topics drew an enthusiastic crowd on 27 October at the World Conference of...
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  • Airplane-Sized Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Oddities

    By Ellen Rykers SAN FRANCISCO—The tip of bone sticking out of the dusty Patagonian earth was a tantalising hint: dinosaur fossil. Paleontologist Diego Pol and his team began to dig—unaware that they were about to unearth the largest dinosaur bone ever found. This giant bone was just one of a series of sensational South American...
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Science Podcasts: The Fun, the Challenges, and Tips from the Pros