Alison Gillespie


Washington, DC

Alison Gillespie

As a freelance reporter, writer and editor I will happily cover almost anything, although I specialize in biology, environmental science and chemistry. My award-winning book, Hives in the City, tells the story of urban beekeepers struggling to keep their bees alive in the Mid-Atlantic.


Snow removal in cities prioritizes cars and often ignores people with disabilities

Often, Montgomery County’s public transit system seems like a poorly-executed retrofit to a car-centered community. This is especially true during snowstorms. While roads get lots of attention and people demand that they get cleared quickly, bus shelters often get buried or blocked completely. Metro stations often become inaccessible by foot due to uncleared sidewalks.
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Here’s how Montgomery County could prioritize pedestrian safety in White Flint, Forest Glen, and beyond

Recently three people were struck by drivers and killed in Montgomery County, illustrating the need for better pedestrian and biker safety. In our first post, we wondered what would happen if the $140 million dollars committed to certain car-centric projects like Montrose Parkway East Parkway were used for other purposes, such as increasing pedestrian safety in White Flint.

Putting Rural Schools to the Test

Bandwidth demands in the current test-heavy climate are challenging rural-school administrators. How can your telco help students succeed?
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Native Ground Bees: Helpful, not Hurtful

Experts say rather than reaching for insecticide, growers should be grateful when these native bees arrive.
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Giga-Gobbledygook: Overcoming Customer Confusion About Gig Services

Rural telecom companies discuss educating customers about their choices.
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A New Weapon in the War On Weeds: Flamethrowers

Long used in agriculture, land managers are now wondering whether cooking weeds to death is better than pesticides
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There's a Secret World Under the Snow, and It's In Trouble »

How do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everything
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The Future of Food Coloring May Be Very Slimy

Algae has been repeatedly touted as the great new super crop. Some see abundant promise in the idea of growing and making food, medicines, vitamin supplements, and biofuels from the slimy stuff. Now, Johan Andersen Ranberg, a researcher from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, is going to investigate one more possible application: food coloring.
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These Creative Wind Turbines Will Have You Rethinking What You Know About Wind Power

Wind turbines don't have to all look the same. Here are some that are helping cities go green—and look like art in the process
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What’s the Final Verdict on the Wildly Popular Flow Hive?

Jason Allen-Rouman was excited when he learned he’d be one of the first people in North America to receive a Flow Hive for his backyard. He’d been dreaming about getting an apiary set up for years, and a recent move from downtown San Francisco to a house in Washington, D.C., meant he could finally make his fantasy a reality.
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Releasing Invasive Plant Strangleholds in Urban Parks

In many US parks, invasive exotic vines have a stranglehold on trees. Those invasives don’t just look bad – they often support little in the way of native wildlife, and can limit some of the most beneficial ecological aspects of urban forests. Link to Story

Rebranding as You Move Toward a Broadband Future

Rebranding doesn't just mean a new name. Externally, it can mean reassuring your customers and enticing them to stick around as you grow. Internally it can demand a new approach to customer service and staff management. Learn about the challenges telcos have faced as they've changed their brands to better fit a broadband future.
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Alison Gillespie

I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

In addition to writing about science and the environment for various publications, I sometimes write copy for non-profit groups and a few select trade organizations.

My non-fiction book about urban beekeepers and their bees was published in 2014 and is for sale online and in select bookstores. You can find more details at the book's website:

Before going freelance I worked for several non-profit organizations, writing newsletter articles, annual reports, and press releases. I also maintained press databases and pitched stories to editors.

When not at my computer writing, I like to hike and explore the streams of Maryland. I am a passionate gardener who likes to watch the bees land on flower tops in the summer and the birds find berries in the winter. My ultimate gardening dream is to attract frogs and toads to my urban pond.

I'm eager to take on new freelance assignments, and available to give talks about my book.