Elise is a New Zealand-born writer with a passion for science and storytelling. Born in the small town of Tuatapere, Elise then spent her formative years in Muscat, Oman, before returning to her homeland and settling in Invercargill in her teens.
After completing a BA in English, and driven by a curiosity and a deep love for animals, Elise embarked on a transformative journey to America. There, she partook in an internship at the esteemed Smithsonian Institution, where she worked in the field of Endocrinology at the Conservation Biology Institute and gained hands-on experience as an animal keeper for endangered species such as red pandas, clouded leopards, and maned wolves, even having the privilege of hand-rearing red pandas.
Inspired by her experiences in America and driven by a desire to meld her passions for animals, conservation, and storytelling, Elise pursued a Master’s in Science Communication. This allowed her to refine her skills in effectively communicating complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences. Elise’s dedication to clear and engaging science communication stems from a strong belief in the power of knowledge and the importance of trusted information.
Motivated by a pursuit for truth and a dislike for misinformation, Elise has also embraced the role of a science skeptic. She advocates for critical thinking and the careful examination of scientific claims, ensuring that rigorous standards of evidence and reliable information lay the foundation for informed decision-making.