Rebecca Heisman joined the American Ornithological Society as their full-time Communications Specialist in fall 2018 after several years as a freelance science writer and communicator. She has continued to write essays about humans and nature and give the occasional talk in addition to her current full-time role. As of summer 2020 she is on an extended leave of absence from her position with AOS while undergoing chemotherapy, but she plans to return by the end of the year.
Rebecca has worked in wildlife biology and environmental education as well as science communication — fields that have taken her to the prairies of Saskatchewan, the Australian Outback, the barrier islands of Georgia, and Wisconsin’s North Woods. Currently she’s working on filling her backyard in Walla Walla, Washington, with bird-friendly native plants.