Erica Casper is the science writer and editor for the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. Erica obtained a Master’s degree in marine science from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, MA. She has worked for the State of Florida to improve the surface water quality in southwest Florida, and has worked at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science to develop molecular assays for the detection of human pathogenic organisms contaminating coastal marine waters. At the Maryland Center for Health Equity she is responsible for scientific writing and editing of peer reviewed articles, creation of presentations, and preparing press releases for the center, among other things. She has a particular interest in science writing as a way to not only present research findings to the scientific community, but also to bring these findings and advancements to the greater public.