Susan Dakin's logo Susan Dakin, Ph.D., Independent Consultant in Technical & Scientific Writing & Editing
(919) 544-4966, 5712 Loyal Ave, Durham, NC 27713


1984 to present

Independent consultant in technical and scientific writing, Durham, NC
Write and edit technical and scientific documents in a broad range of disciplines, including life, environmental, and physical sciences and engineering. Develop and teach courses in technical, scientific, and business writing. Serve as notetaker (rapporteur) for scientific conferences and workshops. Design documents, provide desktop publishing, and create Web sites.


Senior Technical Writer/Editor
Northrop Services, Inc.–Environmental Sciences
Research Triangle Park, NC

Under a contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, wrote and edited journal articles, reports, standard operating procedures, and other documents in the environmental health sciences, environmental monitoring, and modeling of environmental processes. Provided scientific peer review of EPA research reports. Edited contract proposals. Hired and trained technical writer/editors and supervised a staff of eight technical writer/editors. Taught scientific writing courses for Northrop research staff.

1980–82 Technical Writer/Editor
Northrop Services, Inc.–Environmental Sciences
Research Triangle Park, NC
1979–80 Research Technician
Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Participated in research on neurophysiological aspects of aging in rats. Managed rat colony. Edited journal articles, book chapters, and conference posters and prepared publication-quality data graphs.
1972–78 Graduate Teaching Assistant (10 semesters)
Graduate Research Assistant (2 semesters, 2 summers)
Visiting Instructor (summer 1978)
Department of Zoology, Duke University
, Durham, NC
Taught laboratory and recitation sections in genetics, vertebrate comparative anatomy, and introductory biology. Assisted Dr. Henry Wilbur in population ecology research. Originated and taught a 30-hour introductory genetics course for non-science majors.


Ph.D., Zoology (minor in Botany)
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1978

B.A., Biology and Psychology, magna cum laude
St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1972

In addition to zoology, botany, and psychology, coursework included statistics (three courses, including graduate-level applied biostatistics), calculus, chemistry, and physics.

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, graduation honors in psychology,
St. Olaf College Honor Scholarship (four years)

Research grants: Sigma Xi, the American Museum of Natural History,
the Graduate School of Duke University

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