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Zoe Hoyle

Zoe Hoyle

Job Title: Science Writer/Editor
Place of Employment: USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, 2001-2017 (retired)
SIS Graduation Year: 1991
Term Ends: 2021




I retired in January 2017 from my position as Science Writer/Editor at the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) in Asheville, NC. I started with SRS in 2001 as a technical editor, with the understanding that I would develop a printed research magazine Compass, which we first published in 2005 and continued with quarterly issues (roughly) until 2011. I then developed and wrote for the CompassLive blog, which SRS still uses to convey the results of SRS research to interested audiences at least twice a week. I also served as acting media officer for SRS from 2011 and 2016, the highlight of which was helping to organize a National Association of Science Writers media tour of climate change science in Western North Carolina in 2016.

Before working for the Forest Service, I edited and wrote a research magazine for the UTK Office of Research. In my position as information specialist in that office (1996-2001), I also consulted with faculty on grant proposals, provided grant workshops, provided oversight for the office website, and compiled and published the annual report on research funding.

Special Awards or Honors:

2016: USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for Personal and Professional Excellence
2015: Forest Service Southern Research Station Director’s Award for Science Delivery
2010: Recognition Award from the SAMAB Foundation
2010: USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program
2008: Award of excellence, Society for Technical Communications (STC) International Technical Publications competition, for Compass magazine
2008: 2nd Place in the Blue Pencil competition in the category of external magazines, National Association of Government Communicators, for Compass magazine
2007: Award of excellence, Carolina chapter of STC
1998: Tennessee Chapter PRA Communications Awards, Silver Award for Explorations magazine
Professional Memberships and Offices Held:
University Research Magazine Association
National Association of Science Writers
Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB)
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)