Ron Seely

Ron Seely

Moderator

Science and Environment Writer

Ron Seely is an award-winning science and environment writer who spent 35 years at the Wisconsin State Journal, 20 years of which he spent writing about science and the environment. 

After retiring, Seely spent three years providing in-depth reporting on science and environmental issues for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Seely is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He has also taught graduate seminars and science communications training sessions to help scientists better communicate their work to lay audiences. He was the co-writer and narrator for Wisconsin Public Television’s “Love of the Land,” a documentary about private landowners who have adapted Aldo Leopold’s land ethic.  Seely’s professional awards have included the Wisconsin Press Association’s award for environmental reporting, the American Chemical Society’s James T Grady-James H. Stack Award for science writing and the Sierra Club’s  David Brower Award for environmental reporting. He is an avid angler and wilderness paddler. 

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