MediWriter Communications

Writing & Editing - Environmental, Medical, & Pharmaceutical

M. Clark, PhD



Types of Projects

My Background






Where I was trained . . .

         Ph.D. in Marine Science. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  1997.  Dissertation research in conjunction with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland.  Research was funded through:

o    Smithsonian Institution Fellowship.

o    American Museum of Natural History Grant.

o    North Carolina State University Alumni Association Fellowship.

         Master of Technical and Scientific Communication. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  1984.

         BA, Biology. Chemistry and English minors. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.  1983.

Communications experience I've had . . .

o    Freelance Writer, 1990-present.


Over the course of 20 years as a manuscript writer and editor, Ive worked in many scientific and medical disciplines. Ive assisted authors in publishing articles in such peer-reviewed medical journals as Eur J Clin Pharmacol, Clin J Pain, Intensive Care Med, J Pain Symptom Manage, Am J Infection Control, and Prostate. Ive also edited numerous medical manuscripts for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) authors.

As a writer for pharmaceutical clients, I have a proven track record of drafting and revising clinical development documents, including but not limited to clinical study reports (Phase 1-4), clinical protocols, investigator brochures, abstracts, patient narratives, presentation materials, posters and journal publications in accordance with all applicable guidelines (eg, ICH/GCP) and client SOPs. For these clients, I have successfully interacted with investigators and personnel in multiple departments to keep projects moving forward, ie, preclinical research, clinical pharmacology, clinical and medical affairs, biostatistics, regulatory affairs, data management, and publishing. Projects have covered a number of therapeutic areas including pulmonary, oncology, cardiovascular, gastroenterology, immunology, pain-management, CNS, orthopedics, anti-infective, and women's health. Some clients include Merck/Schering Plough, AstraZeneca, Daiichi Sankyo, Teva, Purdue Pharma, Searle/Pharmacia, Otsuka, and Parexel.

I have a strong background in the analytical evaluation of scientific data, including experience with SAS statistical analysis (currently, use SAS [JMP] spreadsheet application).  

Developed a broad repertoire of writing styles, e.g., to accommodate readers as diverse as cardiologists, sales representatives, and patients. Areas included cardiovascular, infectious disease, metabolic disease, and CNS.


Projects covered a wide spectrum of audiences and formats, i.e., researched, wrote, and/or edited manuscripts for medical journals and patient magazines, product monographs, speeches, sales briefs, poster presentations, proposals, and regulatory documents.

o    Freelance Writer, 1990-present. 

I have edited or peer-reviewed manuscripts for ecology/marine science colleagues.

I was also a contributing author to an encyclopedia of oceanography:

Teaching I've done in various settings . . .

         Large university lecture hall: oceanography --- Substitute Instructor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh,1992-1994. Taught biological oceanography segment of Introductory Oceanography (90 students/lecture).

         Mid-size university class/laboratory: ecology -- Part-time University Instructor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1998-2000.  Taught upper-level undergraduate ecology lecture and lab (30 students/class).

         University laboratory: biology/physiology -- Laboratory Instructor, Miami University and University of Delaware, 1982-1984 (30 students/lab).

         Small/mid-size corporate workshops: writing/editing -- Medical Communicator, ICI Pharmaceuticals Group (now AstraZeneca, Inc.), Wilmington, Delaware, 1984-1989.  Developed and presented in-house writing/editing training workshops (10-30 attendees/workshop).

My field research in marine science/oceanography . . .

         Researcher/Graduate student, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland, and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1989-1997.

o    Five seasons of field research on the foraging ecology of blue crabs in the central Chesapeake Bay. Through the set-up and execution of this project, I became adept at evaluating experimental design and procedures--skills applicable across biological research disciplines. This project also entailed heavy involvement in microelectronics and statistical programming (SAS). This is one of my crabs "dressed" up with an ultrasonic transmitter for tracking.

o    Presented research findings, through slide/lecture presentations, for meetings of the American Society of Zoologists (now, the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology), the Society of Marine Benthic Ecology, the Duke University Marine Research Symposium, the Smithsonian Institution, and various groups at North Carolina State University.   

o    My research was published in the following peer-reviewed environmental journals:  Marine Ecology Progress Series, the Journal of Marine Biology and Ecology, and Ecography.  These articles can be viewed on the Smithsonian web site at:

  Clark ME, Wolcott TG, Wolcott DL Hines AH. Foraging and agonistic activity co-occur in free-ranging blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus): observation of animals by ultrasonic telemetry. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 1999;233:143-160.

  Clark ME, Wolcott TG, Wolcott DL Hines AH.  Intraspecific interference among foraging blue crabs Callinectes sapidus: interactive effects of predator density and prey patch distribution. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 1999;178:69-78.

  Clark ME, Wolcott TG, Wolcott DL Hines AH. Foraging behavior of an estuarine predator, the blue crab Callinectes sapidus in a patchy environment. Ecography. 2000;23:21-31.


Other skills/experiences that come in handy as a field scientist . . .

         SCUBA diver:  NAUI-certified through Smithsonian Institution.

         Research cruise experience:  Research cruise/submersible dive on R/V Seward Johnson/Johnson Sea Link, 1989.

         Lifeguard:  Red-cross certified.  Worked at pools in Wilmington, Delaware  --  "way back" in the 80's!

         Boats:  Lots of experience with small motor boats, as well as kayaks/canoes.

Professional/honor societies that will have me . . .

         Phi Kappa Phi

         Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

         Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering

         American Medical Writers Association

         Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology

         American Society of Limnology and Oceanography



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Types of Projects

My Background