Marian McCoy



Marian McCoy


M.Sc., P.Ag.

Email address

melica.env at


Quote or Key Phrase

I excel at preparing technical material in a reader-friendly style while retaining accuracy and respecting the expectations of writers, clients, and stakeholders.

Personal Biography

I am a terrestrial ecologist and senior editor with a proven track record of technical writing and editing that spans more than 15 years, in disciplines ranging from environmental assessment, to species at risk, to international trade. I have edited and contributed to discipline and non-discipline sections of several environmental assessment documents for major projects in BC, and have developed project-specific style guides. I also have several years of experience in the satellite remote sensing and aviation industries.

Working either collaboratively or independently, I am adept at mining, distilling, and presenting technical content in a reader-friendly style while retaining technical accuracy. I am also a seasoned proposals professional, with several years of coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and writing effective proposals that respect client needs and strategic requirements.

An engaging public speaker and enthusiastic instructor, my guiding principles are quality, integrity, and paying it forward, while having fun in the process!

Skills Academic consultation, Business editing, Copy editing, Document conversion (e.g., PDF to Word), Document formatting, Editing, Education and instructional editing, Fact checking, Grant/proposal writing, Non-fiction editing, Online editing, Plain Language editing, Reference checking, Research, Scientific editing, Scientific writing, Structural editing, Stylistic editing, Substantive editing, Technical editing, Technical writing
Subject / Areas of Interest Academic editing, Business, Earth and Life Sciences, Engineering, Environmental editing, Environmental impact assessments, Geology, Government publications, Marketing, Project management, Sciences
Types of Publications Annual Reports, Blogs, Briefing notes, Brochures, Conference proceedings, Correspondence: government, Reports, Theses – Dissertations
Citation styles AMA Manual of Style, APA (American Psychological Association), In-house styles, Geoscience