Contact & CV

Nobody likes contact forms. Shoot me an email at katarinaszimmer at gmail dot com with a catchy subject line. I’m currently based in Brooklyn, New York City.




08.2017—Present: freelance journalist focussing on science, data & environment (The Scientist, Quartz, The New Food Economy, News Deeply)

10.2017—01.2018: Science writer intern at The Scientist 

10.2017: Investigative journalism intensive program, Banff Center, Canada

07.2017: Urban reporting grants program, CUNY School of Journalism


09.2016—05.2017: Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, M.S. data concentration

• Masters project: investigative data project on an underreported sector of the global fishing industry (transshipment) and the links to illegal fishing. Aim is to expose the regulatory loopholes that allow illegally caught fish to enter US markets, through complex analysis of vessel tracking data and legal documents as well as international investigative reporting.

09.2012—05.2016: University College London, M.Sci Biological Sciences, 1st class honors

• Master’s thesis (Center for Biodiversity and Environmental Research): Development of a computational tool (machine learning) for the analysis of the vocalizations of different European bat species.

• Bachelor’s dissertation: Literature review on the effects of overfishing on coral reefs


06.2014—09.2014: Summer research intern in molecular & developmental biology

06.2012—09.2015: Private tutoring in German

10.2014—05.2015: Editor-in-chief of The Triple Helix UCL, an online science blog by and for undergraduate students

11.2014—07.2016: Coordinator of the English National Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for high school students  (

  • Language: fluent in English, German, intermediate-level Spanish
  • Programming: R, Python (web scraping, data analysis, machine learning)
  • Mapping: QGIS, Carto
  • Databases: SQL, Neo4J
  • Social Media: Dataminr, Facebook & Twitter API
  • Audio & Video editing: Adobe Audition, iMovie
  • Data visualisation: d3, Adobe Illustrator

Available on request.