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Adam Hinterthuer is a freelance science and environmental writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. He's written about bisphenol-A in plastics for Scientific American, Asian Carp and electric fences for BioScience and one man's crusade to clean the mighty Mississippi for the now defunct Plenty magazine. Once upon a time, he was a podcaster for Scientific American's "60 Second Science." In his free time, well, actually, with two young daughters and three part-time jobs, Adam doesn't have free time. If he did, he'd spend it camping, hiking or biking (sans kids) with his wife, Carrie.

One response to “The accidental specialist”

  1. Anne Sasso

    I agree, Adam. I think you just fall into specializations as your career progresses. And looking back, they can surprise you. Who could have predicted that I would develop the niches that I have? Not me!

    As a writer, I think the key is to just keep following your interests. Eventually, you’ll get those Kellogg Management moments and say, never again (mine was with physics topics). And you’ll find that you gravitate and keep circling back to similar topics. When you identify those topics, pursue them.

    And, FWIW, most people could easily identify the gold nuggets lying in a sea of pyrite bits. Minerals like garnets and zircons, or hornblende and pyroxene, those take much closer scrutiny and some previous knowledge to tell apart.

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