Sedeer el-Showk Freelance science writer

I've always been fascinated by the world around us and deeply enamored with language in all its forms. Trained as a scientist, I embarked on a career as a science writer after realizing that I enjoy writing and talking about science more than doing research. My theater and debate experience make me an effective, engaging communicator. I've been educated as a biologist, with an MSc in evolutionary biology and a PhD in plant genetics.

I've written for Nature Middle East, Nature Asia Pacific, Science,, Nautilus, BBC Focus, and other outlets. I'm available for writing, editing, or speaking jobs. If you'd like to know more, please get in touch.

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On the web

A cellular passage to the root interior

Nature: News & Views

In a paper in Nature, Andersen et al. describe the molecular mechanisms that control the formation of passage cells and show how their numbers is regulated by nutrient availability. The findings provide an intriguing demonstration of the continuity of developmental mechanisms.

Shaking up salt-friendly agriculture

Nature Middle East

Across the world, freshwater resources are strained by overuse and climate change, to which the Middle East is especially vulnerable. Desalination alone is unlikely to be a solution. To close the gap, scientists in the region are looking to the wilderness and adapting and adopting ancient agricultural practices.

Red Sea gene pool follows water flow

KAUST Discovery

Researchers combined satellite imagery and simulations to explore the role of currents in the Red Sea biosphere. The research revealed that surface currents are important pathways for gene flow in the Red Sea, a finding which will help guide marine management programs.

Reaping knowledge: A world away

Nature Index

Twelve years ago, Saudi Arabia embarked on an ambitious programme to offer its young citizens educational opportunities unparalleled in its history. Hundreds of thousands of Saudis have now passed through the programme, but the national benefits are still unclear.

To Mars with Hope


A Mars orbiter mission planned by the United Arab Emirates aims to probe the Red Planet's atmosphere from top to bottom. The ambitious project, which marks the nation's entry into planetary exploration, has already spurred the growth of local scientific talent.

Volcanic Nile flooding

Nature Middle East

Violent volcanic eruptions in Iceland and elsewhere led to social and political unrest in ancient Egypt by disrupting the regular flooding of the Nile on which agriculture depended. In addition to shedding light on Egyptian history, the findings highlight the value of socio-ecological framework in understanding history.

Islamic Perspectives on Cosmology


As cosmologists push at the boundaries of our knowledge, where physics meets metaphysics, they find answers derived from their philosophical preferences. Muslim scientists often find that the need to articulate metaphysical presumptions is more apparent to them than to their colleagues.

Balancing Water Use in Morocco

Revolve Water Report

A large-scale dam building project helped Morocco cope with increasing water scarcity and more frequent and severe droughts in the 20th century. While innovative approaches such as a fog harvesting effort offer renewed hope, a cultural shift is needed to build a sustainable future.

Mapping Meteor Showers

At 8:16 pm on September 30th, a bright fireball raced through the sky above the United Arab Emirates. In the desert below, cameras winked to life, automatically tracking and recording the fireball’s passage as part of an international effort to map our planet's celestial neighborhood.