Thomas Sumner

I am a science communicator and journalist in New York City. My reporting on science research and policy has appeared in publications such as Science Magazine, Science News,, Business Insider, and the San Jose Mercury News. While my research background is in physics and space weather, I am spellbound by everything from smartphone-powered satellites to beaver dams. I create inviting and engaging scientific storytelling through my writing, infographics and methodical reporting.


Simons FoundationMay 2017 – Present
Senior Staff Writer

Penned press releases, articles and reports about cutting-edge research supported by the Simons Foundation, such as the discovery of a planet-eating star, which generated 65 news articles. Contributed to web development and multimedia projects. Promoted to senior staff writer in April 2020.

Science NewsJuly 2014 – May 2017
Earth Sciences Reporter

Covered the earth and environmental sciences beat for print and digital editions, scouring journals, talks and current events for original stories. Scoops consistently generated significant outside coverage, such as the fracturing of the Larsen C ice shelf.

ScienceJan – July 2014
News Intern

Reported on scientific research and policy for Science Magazine’s news website and print magazine, such as precision electron mass measurements and genome encryption; Stories regularly featured on Slashdot, Reddit and other news aggregators.

American Geophysical UnionJune – Dec 2013
Science Writing Intern

Wrote press releases and blog posts on topics such a lost Apollo-era experiment. Organized press conferences and social media for AGU’s Fall Meeting. Press releases covered by ABC News, Wired, Science News, the Washington Post and others.

Stanford UniversityMarch – June 2013
News Service Intern

The CalifornianJan – March 2013
Science Writing Intern

Inside ScienceSept – Dec 2012
Newswriting Intern


University of California, Santa Cruz2013
Science Communication Graduate Certificate

University of California, Santa Cruz2012
Physics Bachelor of Science

  • College Service Award
  • Social Justice and Community Leadership Award
  • Research assistant for NASA space weather mission
Technical Skills

SEO (Certificate), WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP, Audition, Photoshop, InDesign, Tableau, Smartsheets and more.

Professional Memberships

National Association of Science Writers (NASW), Science Writers in New York (SWINY)