James Hrynyshyn

Box 606
Saluda, NC.  28773  
(828) 749-2291


Freelance editor and writer based in Saluda, North Carolina, specializing in science. Work has appeared in Dragonfire, the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Raleigh News and Observer, and CBC.ca

March 2003 - April 2005
Communications co-ordinator for Project Seahorse, a marine conservation and research organization based at the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre. Produced annuals reports, newsletters, multi-media presentations and supervised public outreach efforts.

September 1996 - March 2003
Editor, writer and photographer based in Vancouver and Yellowknife, NWT. Clients/employers included Northern News Services, New Scientist, Canadian Geographic, the Vancouver Sun, Southam News, and West Hawk Associates. Served as publications manager for the North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium. and edited a book on commercial fish stocks of the Pacific Northwest for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

March 1995 - September 1996
Freelance science and environmental journalist and webmaster. Parliamentary correspondent and columnist for Technology in Government magazine. Contributor to Southam News, Equinox and Canadian Forum magazines and the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa X Press, The Hill Times, the Whitehorse Star and News/North. Creator of the online editions of the X Press and The Hill Times, the first two World Wide Web sites for weekly newspapers in Ottawa, as well as the North-South Institute.

February 1993 - February 1995
Copy editor, reporter, columnist (Senate. media), designer and photographer for The Hill Times and the Ottawa X Press.

March 1991 - September 1992
Editor of the Inuvik Drum, a weekly newspaper in the Mackenzie Delta of the N.W.T. Also Mackenzie Delta editor for the Yellowknife-based News/North and a freelance environment and science correspondent for Reuters, Canadian Press, Southam News, Alaska magazine and the Whitehorse Star.

July 1990 - February 1991
Freelance reporter, contributor to the Ottawa Citizen and, for the fall of 1990, acting science reporter for the Cape Cod Times, a daily based in Hyannis, Mass.

September 1988 - November 1989
Staff reporter, specializing in science features, and editorial assistant at the Ottawa Citizen.

May 1987 - May 1988
Reporter and photographer for the Falmouth Enterprise, a tri-weekly covering Upper Cape Cod, Mass.

May 1987 - August 1987
Writer and public information officer for the Marine Biological Laboratory, a private research institution in Woods Hole, Mass, and its bi-annual magazine, MBL Science. Served similar functions in the summers of 1988 and 1990.

Research experience

  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, University of British Columbia (2001).
  • Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University (1987), with a minor in history and specialization in science reporting.
  • French as a second language training certificates, from Algonquin College, Ottawa. and the Living Languages Institute, Ottawa.
  • Underwater Vehicle Training Center Certification in electronics, acoustics, hydraulics and remotely-operated vehicle control.

  • Familiar with a wide variety of publishing and data-manipulation software,
    including the MS Office suite; WordPerfect; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat; Quark XPress; and a variety of HTML editors.
  • Extensive experience with the scientific community in North America.
  • Accomplished desktop and Internet (WWW) publisher.
  • Widely travelled, from the Canadian Arctic to Central America, Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia.
  • Certified scuba diver
  • Licensed firearms handler
  • Current member of the American Assocation for the Advancement of Science.
  • Member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery for four years.