Dr. Hannah Brown
Co-Founder & Editorial Director
Hannah Brown is a science communicator and social scientist. She serves as the communications and engagement specialist for the NOAA RESTORE Science Program. Hannah holds a BA in Psychology from New College of Florida, a MA in Mass Communications from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. She has worked as a journalist since 2010, previously serving as a staff reporter for the Gainesville Sun and Lake City Reporter.
As the editorial director for The Marjorie, Hannah organizes reporting projects, manages editorial content, and works to build collaborations with other news outlets.
Co-Founder & Communications Director
Becca Burton is the communications manager for the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute, housed in the Florida Museum of Natural History. She also served for five years as communications coordinator for Florida Sea Grant, a coastal research organization where she combined her love of marine biology and journalism to help share the stories of marine scientists across the state. Becca received her bachelor’s in journalism and minor in marine biology from Florida International University and her master’s in science communication from the University of Florida. She was a freelance reporter for the Miami Herald for two years where she covered the local, environmental, and health beats.
As the communication director for The Marjorie, Becca develops communication strategies, manages web content, and oversees the design of reporting projects.
Co-Founder & Development Director
Anna Hamilton is a radio producer and oral historian whose work explores the cultures and environments of the American South. She received a BA in Humanities from New College of Florida and an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She has developed projects for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Southern Foodways Alliance, and reported for outlets including NPR and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Currently she is the project director of Matanzas Voices, a multimedia oral history project documenting life and work along northeast Florida’s Matanzas River.
As development director at The Marjorie, Anna is committed to building partnerships with like-minded organizations to grow The Marjorie into a sustainable reporting outlet.
Stephenie Livingston is a freelance science journalist and writer from rural north Florida. She has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in mass communications from the University of Florida. She’s created science communication projects for institutions like the Florida Museum of Natural History and reported for publications including Scientific American, Science and Hakai Magazine. Her 2018 UF News series “Becoming visible: Three women shattering stereotypes in science,” won a Council for Advancement and Support of Education gold award.
As a staff writer, Stephenie produced stories for The Marjorie’s website and newsletter.
Digital Engagement Specialist
Van Tran is a freelance video editor and communications specialist from Gainesville, FL. She previously served as the education network manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and as the community outreach manager for the Florida Trail Association where she combined her passion for the outdoors and community building to amplify conservation efforts and secure equitable opportunities for engaging with trails. Van also has a background in organic farming and received a bachelor’s in horticulture and a minor in sustainability studies from the University of Florida.
As the digital engagement specialist, Van helps amplify The Marjorie’s mission and content through social media, email marketing, and other digital platforms.
Natalie van Hoose
Natalie van Hoose is a Florida-based freelance science writer whose work often covers water, wildlife, conservation and fishing. She earned a BA in English from the University of Florida and an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University. Previously, she covered science news at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Purdue’s College of Agriculture. An award-winning instructor, Natalie has taught college-level writing courses, English as a foreign language and writing workshops for scientists. She grew up in Cocoa Beach.
As a staff writer, Natalie produces stories for The Marjorie’s website and newsletter.