lfktn5516_1Laura Fisher Kaiser is an independent journalist, master naturalist volunteer, award-winning magazine editor, and co-author of three books. Her interests include the ecology of infectious diseases, science history, and sustainability.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, Texas Monthly, Science News, American Health, Nature Conservancy, O: The Oprah Magazine, HGTV, This Old House, Architectural Record, Preservation, and Reader’s Digest.

A contributing editor to Interior Design, she has written extensively about architecture, design, and sustainability. On her blog Secret Science Geek, she explores ecology issues, medical mysteries, public and environmental health, infectious and neglected diseases, and science history. She is writing a book about leprosy.

In her earlier magazine career in New York, Laura was editor-in-chief of Avenue and a top editor at This Old House and Yahoo! Internet Life. Publications under her tenure won awards from FOLIO: Ozzie; the Society of Publication Designers; and the James Beard Foundation.

Laura has also co-authored three popular practical nonfiction books: The Official eBay Guide to Buying, Selling, and Collecting Just About Anything; Weddings for Dummies; and Wedding Planning for Dummies. In addition, she wrote the introduction for the monograph Shaw Jelveh Design: Selected Portfolio 2004-2011 and contributed to Texas, Our Texas (Texas Monthly Press).

A member of the DC Science Writers Association and the Society of Environmental Journalists, Laura enjoys volunteering as a Hands On Science mentor for elementary school students and as a Master Naturalist intern through the Audubon Naturalist Society/University of Maryland Extension program. She holds a BA in Plan II Liberal Arts Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Washington, DC. 

Photo by Emily Weiss.