Kenneth Moore's Portfolio

I'm Kenneth Moore, science writer, garden blogger, and community organizer. I specialize in science writing and editing (particularly microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry), as well as agriculture and garden blogging. I've taken my hobbies of volunteering and community development into a whole new level as a cofounder and past-president of DC State Fair, an annual celebration of urban talents. Currently a freelancer, I'm pursuing a full-time production, editing, and/or writing position for a publication or communications team in the DC area.

Professional Background

My educational background is a Bachelor's with a double major in Classics and Biology from Acadia University, in Nova Scotia—I took Latin and Ancient Greek translation courses, bioinformatics, microbial ecology, and plant physiology. In the scientific arena, I’ve held research internships at the USDA's Insect Biocontrol Lab and Sustainable Agriculture Systems Lab in Beltsville, at BASF Plant Sciences in Germany, and at the microbial ecology lab at university.

After all of that, I decided the lab wasn't for me. So upon graduation and with the experience of being the editor of the science section of my university newspaper, The Athenaeum (2006 to 2007), I decided to search for jobs in the science journalism field, landing a production editor position at the American Chemical Society’s weekly newsmagazine, Chemical & Engineering News (2007 to 2011).

Looking to expand my experience into writing and communications, I ended up on the other side of the world as the science writer for the communications department of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia (2011). I then re-relocated back to Washington DC to be with my other half, and I've spent the time since then freelancing for my previous employer, the American Chemical Society, as well as the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Nature Middle East, the World Future Society, and others (2012).

Outside of educational and professional activities, I have maintained an active role in the DC gardening community through organizing volunteer-based nonprofits such as DC State Fair, which I founded and served as President, as well as through my blog The Indoor Garden(er), which I have written for almost four years.

Here's a selection of published feature and news articles and other projects:

DC State Fair

Tomato Recipe Book


Fanning the fire

C&EN; Online SCENE News

Prion Partners Up With DNA

Beer's Bitter Compounds Stimulate Stomach Acids

Spotlights in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

Finding the Friction in Protein Folding

RNA: The Midpoint between Primordial Ooze and Organism

Unraveling Tuberculosis at Its Seams

Nature Middle East

Ancient Egyptian cotton tells of drought

KAUST Campus Newsletter 'The Beacon'

September 2011

KAUST Web Features

Kenneth Morse: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Saudi Arabia

Cyberarchaelogy: Photographing The Pharaohs In 3D

Chemical & Engineering News Features

Burkina Faso

Chemical & Engineering News Newscripts

Nanofertilizers, Pee For Your Plants

Chemical & Engineering News Blog Posts

Elements Abound In D.C.

May I Have A Little Acid In My Salt Water, Please?

Chemicals To Save The Garden