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June 03, 2013
Anne E. Greene in Botswana’s Okavango Delta
Anne E. Greene in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

MISSOULA – Anne E. Greene, adjunct faculty member for the University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program, recently published “Writing Science in Plain English.”                       

“This short, inexpensive guide shows scientific writers at all levels how to transform abstract, wordy writing to clear, concise prose,” Greene said.

Her book illustrates a dozen principles that help scientists deliver complex information clearly to their readers, including using concrete subjects, strong verbs, active voice and consistent terms. She drives home her points with real-life examples of both good and bad writing and also shows how to revise bad writing to make it clearer and more concise. Each chapter includes practice exercises so that readers can come away with new writing skills.

Greene is a trained marine biologist and has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level scientific writing at UM for 10 years. She also has written for several natural history museums, newspapers and periodicals, focusing on subjects related to biology.

University of Chicago Press published “Writing Science in Plain English,” which costs $13 and can be found online at


Photo caption: Anne E. Greene in Botswana’s Okavango Delta




Contact: Anne E. Greene, adjunct faculty member, Wildlife Biology Program, UM College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-2179,