Jacoba Maria Charles




Technical editor for a peer-reviewed journal publishing original papers originating in or relevant to the northwestern United States. I am responsible for editing content and structure of articles on natural and general science topics, including ecology, biology, botany, fisheries, forestry, and anthropology.

Project management, technical writing & editing, bid proposal development and data collection for Bay Are based consulting firms, primarily Leonard Charles and Associates. I have assisted in the preparation of Environmental Impact Reports for a variety of public agencies. I am also a co-author of the extensive Wildfire Protection and Habitat Improvement Plan completed in 2012 for the Marin Municipal Water District, and the herbicide impact assessment for UCSF's Sutro Forest Management Plan EIR. I have also subcontracted with other consulting firms, including Wildland Resource Management, which specializes in fire ecology. In 2013 – 2014 I have been assisting with the preparation of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Fire Management Plan. I have also assisted with vegetation surveys and vegetation mapping projects.

Writer and reporter focused on science and natural resource issues. Stories contributed to both print and broadcast radio media, including the New York Times, Salon.com, Marin Magazine, Bay Nature, Plenty Magazine, Theme Magazine and KWMR. Skills also include photojournalism and multimedia production, including html, blogging and video directing and editing. Photography has appeared in publications including Men's Journal, Bay Nature, the Point Reyes Light, and more.

Reporter and photographer focused on science, art, natural resources issues and local news in Point Reyes Station, California. I was responsible for providing two to four articles per week that were each 700 to 2000 words long, as well as accompanying photographs and short news briefs. Additional responsibilities included editing, copy editing, fact checking and assisting interns, managing the paper while the editor was on vacation.

Project manager, lead wetland ecologist, and botanist for this Seattle-based consulting firm. Clients included one of the largest public utility companies in the Seattle area. I designed and implemented stream and wetland restoration projects; directed the restoration team; developed bid proposals and project reports; represented the company at meetings and conferences; conducted habitat assessments, mitigation damage calculations, wetland identification, and sensitive area evaluations.

Research Assistant both in the lab and the field, aiding in the research of Professor John Maron at the University of Washington. During the school year, responsibilities included planting, maintenance and measurements of Hypericum in a common garden experiment in Seattle. During the summer I was responsible for management of a field ecology study on Lupinus arboreus’ responses to herbivory based at the Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay.

Field Scientist based out of Aleknagik, Alaska collecting and processing salmon run data. Responsibilities included in-cannery sampling, identification of fishes, fish counts of adults and juveniles, stream surveys, insect surveys and identification, limnology, seining, field camp planning and organization, and skiff and rifle handling. The job entailed extremely long work days and rugged fieldwork, while often living in a tent accessible only by boat and bush plane.  

Maintained and cultivated a natural area in a reclaimed urban environment that was a former landfill; Planned and conducted invasive plant eradication; conducted habitat restoration; coordinated volunteers; collected, planted and tended native seed and seedlings.



M.A, May 2007. Coursework included: alternative energy resources, carbon sequestration, wetlands and climate change.  Masters research examined the success of urban habitat restoration in the Bronx.

M.S., May 2007.  Coursework included: magazine writing, science reporting, feature writing, radio skills and photojournalism.  Masters project on producing electricity through waste incineration.

B.S., March 2003.  Emphasis on ecology, with a minor in wildlife science. Pursued independent research projects in biogeography, fisheries and evolutionary biology.



The Light on The Coast (by Dave Mitchell and Jacoba Charles, 2013).



National Newspaper Association: honorable mention for best feature series (circulation less than 4,500), 2008; National Newspaper Association: co-winner for best investigative or in-depth story or series (circulation less than 4,500), 2008; Horgan Prize for excellence in critical science writing, 2007; scholarship for academic achievement in earth and environmental science, 2006; Mary Garrett Hayes scholarship for academic achievement in botany, 2003.



Point Reyes Light board member (2011 to present)

KWMR Programming Committee member (2010 to present)



The California Native Plant Society; The Society of Environmental Journalists; The National Writer's Union; The Ecological Society of America.