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

Qatar’s isolation disrupts regional research

Nature Middle East

The decision by some Arab states to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar has cast a chill on growing research collaborations in the region. Researchers are uncertain about the future, and the severity of the measures has made many hesitant to comment.

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.

How War Affects the Flow of Water

Nature Middle East

Using remote data such as satellite imagery, researchers based in the US and Canada have now shown that the flight of Syrian refugees since 2013 has dramatically changed water usage patterns in Syria and increased the flow into Jordan through the Yarmouk River.

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.