L.S. Gardiner was once a researcher studying how clams and snails on the Bahamian sea floor lived amidst ancient changes in climate and sea level. Since 2001 she has been creating educational experiences about our planet for blogs, websites, museums, classrooms, and books, writing about the environment for websites, primarily those housed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its parent organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Gardiner has authored numerous science curriculum projects funded by NSF, NOAA, and NASA, led teacher professional development programs, and helped scientists communicate about their research. She is also a visual science communicator, developing science graphics for exhibits and websites and illustrations for science-focused children's books.
She is the author of the forthcoming Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change from University of Iowa Press, which explores the how we humans exist within nature's chaos. It turns out that we are not that different than the clams and snails she used to research. We, too, form communities amidst environmental change.
Gardiner holds a MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College, a PhD in Geology from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's degree in Geology and Marine Science from Smith College.