Oleson is the news editor at EARTH, and writes the Bare Earth Elements blog. His scientific interests span the geosciences from biogeochemistry to seismology to space science. Formerly based in Madison, Wis., he now resides in the Washington, D.C., area.
Before beginning a long-sought transition to science writing, Oleson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Tufts University, followed by a master’s and doctorate in geology (biogeochemistry) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Following a stint as a post-doc, and ever a student, he re-enrolled at UW and earned a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on science writing. Oleson is also into running, hiking, traveling/exploring, dabbling in the kitchen and trying anything new (at least once).