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Writing, Day and Night

In her day job, Marie is an award-winning science writer and communications project manager, specializing in environmental and medical topics. She has published hundreds of articles, publications, videos and podcasts, as well as coordinated production of many web sites.


Marie also has experience in media relations, communications consultation and grant writing for organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mayo Clinic, the U.S. Forest Service, the St. Louis River Alliance, Sea Grant and the University of Minnesota. Marie’s poetry has been published in several anthologies and regional magazines.

At night, Marie writes eco-mystic romance novels for new adults. Her first, Eye of the Wolf, was published in 2011. The sequel, Plover Landing, was published in 2014. Her first short story, "Water Witch," was published in the Going Coastal anthology in 2017. In 2022, her northern Minnesota blog-memoir Meander North was published by Nodin Press. It earned a Midwest Book Award, nature category.  In 2025, she will have a magical realism short story collection published by Cornerstone Press.

Nature Fascinates.

Marie Zhuikov has had a long interest in environmental issues and helped with efforts to restore piping plovers to Wisconsin Point in Lake Superior. She has written extensively about Lake Superior, the St. Louis River, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Superior National Forest, and many local environmental issues. She cut her teeth in journalism as a newspaper environmental reporter in college and has carried that interest throughout her life. 


Marie has a BA in science journalism and an MA in public health journalism from the University of Minnesota. She also has some master’s degree experience in environmental education through the Audubon Expedition Institute. She has taken several fiction writing classes and workshops, is a former Board of Scientific Counselors member and communications consultant with the U.S. EPA, and former board chair of the Lake Superior Writers group.

Marie works as a science communicator for the Wisconsin Sea Grant Program.  


Use the "contact" page on this website to get in touch with Marie.