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. I really like to make complicated topics accessible and easy-to-read. My award-winning book, Hives in the City, tells the story of urban beekeepers struggling to keep their bees alive in the Mid-Atlantic.


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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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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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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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.