Mary Ann Cushman, BA, MS, AA

Alum Canyon Editing, LLC

Freelance scientific and technical editing


Mary Ann Cushman
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (775) 453-4758


  • Copyediting, substantive editing, writing, rewriting, internet research, and proofreading for ESL and native English authors
  • Editing for grammar, usage, logic, tone, continuity, progression, punctuation, factual accuracy, and journal-specific style
  • Subjects include agricultural, biological, environmental, and biomedical science, news, and policy


  • Journal manuscripts for peer review
  • Cover letters for manuscript submission – drafting and editing
  • Responses to reviewers – editing
  • Book chapters
  • Reviews
  • Grant proposals
  • Reports
  • Summaries
  • PowerPoint presentations and scripts
  • Posters
  • Abstracts
  • Doctoral Dissertations/Theses under specific conditions
  • Web content
  • Feature articles on science topics
  • News articles on science topics
  • Educational materials
  • Newsletters
  • Promotional materials: brochures, mailers, cards, web banners


  • 2011 Certificate for completion of the Professional Sequence in Editing UC Berkeley Extension
  • B.A. in Botany, German minor, M.S. in Agronomy and Plant Genetics (Plant Breeding/Quantitative Genetics), A.A. in Paralegal Studies
  • Basic research in quantitative and developmental molecular genetics in plants and mice, biochemistry and molecular genetics of plant stress signal transduction, genomics in plants and mice
  • Approximately 17 years of experience working in and managing state-of-the-art animal and plant genetics/molecular genetics/biochemistry laboratories, applying editing skills to grant applications, manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and presentations
  • Academic, nonprofit, and for-profit experience
  • Freelance clients include individual researchers and nonfiction authors, universities, a large international genomics research corporation, a university think tank, nonprofit organizations, research institutes, editorial services corporations, and students
  • Experience as Editor/author of non-profit newsletter/website manager
  • Experience as Copyeditor for quarterly law journal
  • Specific subject areas: genomics in higher and lower plants, animals, and microorganisms; quantitative, developmental, and molecular genetics in plants, fungi, and mice; plant biochemistry; molecular genetics of plant stress signal transduction; various biomedical and nutrition topics; agronomic studies in crop plants

Updated October 23, 2018