The Open Desk

Margie Beilharz

Freelance editor and writer in science, environment, education, health

I am a freelance editor, writer and science communicator

I’m skilled in tackling expression, grammar and formatting to produce clear and effective material that tells your story.

I’ve been a freelance editor and writer since 2014 and am based in Melbourne, Australia. My work ranges from editing books, and reports to writing articles and teacher resources.

I previously worked in-house at science media and PR agency Science in Public, where I remain an associate. From 2014 to 2019, I edited and distributed the monthly newsletter of Editors Victoria, the Victorian branch of IPEd (Institute of Professional Editors).

I have worked in science communication since 2008, using my skills in content writing, structural editing and copyediting, proofreading, media and PR in projects for Commonwealth and state governments, universities, research institutes, publishers, not-for-profit organisations and private companies (see my clients).

I’m a Freelance Pro member of the MEAA and a professional member of IPEd.

I have a background in science (with a BSc (Hons) and PhD in zoology from the University of Melbourne), environmental policy (working for the Victorian Government National Parks Service) and academia (lecturing in environmental management at Deakin University). I also have a Graduate Certificate in Social Science (Technical Communication) from Swinburne University.