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nDash Writer Profile for Rachel McKimmy


Environmental Writer

About Me

I'm a Univesity of Michigan graduate (2021) with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies (special focus in Writing & Communication) and minors in Earth Sciences and Creative Writing. I'm now looking to pursue a career in science communications. 

I've worked as a columnist at The Michigan Daily newspaper and pursued literary journalism research as a member of the Great Lakes Writers Corps. My creative nonfiction piece "Stone Fly," produced as a member of the GLWC, won the 2021 Hopwood Award in Undergraduate Nonfiction and is now published in Canary Literary Journal. In addition to a full suite of environmental science courses,  I've taken courses in Environmental & Public Health Journalism, Environmental Justice, International Studies, and Natural Resources & Economics; I also studied anthropogenic climate change at Oxford University in 2019. 

I'm comfortable writing a variety of topics, from short to long-form, narrative to journalistic to copy. 

Industries I Write About

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My Writing Samples

The Pandemic Plate: Native American Food Systems and COVID-19 (Indigenizing the News)

Journalistic, news-style article on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous food systems in the U.S.


Stone Fly (Canary Literary Journal)

Creative environmental nonfiction. Recipient of Hopwood Undergraduate Award in Nonfiction (2021) from the University of Michigan


The luck and privilege of growing up in nature (The Michigan Daily)

Long-form personal narrative / environmental nonfiction article. Published in The Michigan Daily newspaper.


A lighthouse beacon for climate change: What an encounter with elephant seals taught me

Narrative environmental nonfiction. Published in The Michigan Daily newspaper.




Statement Magazine columnist

Company: The Michigan Daily

I worked there from 1/2021 until 7/2021

Longform journalist

A one-year literary journalism program conducting immersive literary journalism

Company: Great Lakes Writers Corps

I worked there from 1/2020 until 12/2020

Content I Write