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Who am I?
First of all, I'm NOT Geoff Hart the movie producer, Geoffrey Hart the immunologist, or Geoff Hart the TV news anchor. There are many other Geoffs who I am not. Here's who I am:
(Photograph courtesy of Matthew Stevens.)
- Editing: My primary work (since 1987) has been as a scientific editor, with an emphasis on helping scientists who have English as a second or third language to publish their work in English. Since then, I've helped authors publish more than 6000 monographs and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. I literally wrote the book on onscreen editing in Microsoft Word, and have taught these skills to editors around the world, via the Internet or in person (including at the United Nations in New York).
- Translation: Since 1990, I have also worked as a French to English technical translator (science, computers, software). In addition, I've managed several large translation projects.
- Information design: Since 1987, I've worked as an information designer, with a specialty in data graphics but wide expertise in other areas of this field.
- Technical writer: Since 1987, I've developed printed and online documentation (including online help) for computer software and hardware.
- Book design and publication: Since 1987, I've worked with graphic designers to create usable and attractive designs for publications ranging from 1-page flyers to 700-page books.
- Miscellany: Learn more about my areas of expertise by reading some of my more than 400 published articles.
My educational background is in forestry and forest
biology (plant physiology, ecology, genetics, microbiology), which I studied at both the undergraduate
(Bachelor's) and graduate (Master's) levels at the
University of Toronto.
IBM, Toronto (Ontario)
- I was hired under short-term contract (6 months)
as a technical writer.
- My work: I helped review and revise the documentation
for a system migration utility.
Canadian Forest Service, Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
- I was employed for 7 years as a technical and
- My work: editing journal manuscripts and technical
reports produced by scientists performing research
in forest biology, plant physiology, reforestation,
entomology, ecosystem function, ecosystem-level
hydrology, plant nutrition, economics, and plant
Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada
(FERIC), Pointe-Claire (Quebec):
- I was employed for 10 years in a wide range
of communications roles.
- My work: technical editing, technical writing,
marketing writing, French translation, Web design,
design of slide presentations and multimedia software
(Powerpoint, Flash), creation of online help systems
for decision-support software running under Microsoft
Windows. FERIC's research focuses on operational
forestry research (applied science) in harvesting,
reforestation (silviculture), and transportation
- I've been performing occasional freelance work
for clients since the late 1980s; in 2004, I chose
to become a full-time independent consultant.
- My work: My current clients include FERIC (see
above), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources,
and Egawa Language and Scientific Services (for
whom I work as a scientific editor, helping Japanese
and Chinese authors publish their work in peer-reviewed
- Operating systems: Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh;
- Primary software skills: Microsoft Word, Microsoft
Powerpoint, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe PageMaker,
RoboHelp; competent in many other programs.
- Scientific and technical expertise: computers
and software, ecophysiology, plant physiology, terrestrial
ecology (plants and animals), entomology, plant
pathology, forest biology, forestry operations,
forestry machinery, genetics, modeling, experimental
design; competencies in many other scientific fields.
- Technical communication expertise: editing, technical
writing, information design, applied cognitive psychology,
design of online help systems, Web design; extensive
knowledge of graphics and visual media.
Professional activities and awards
- Named "Associate Fellow, STC (Society for
- Awarded "Distinguished SIG service award, STC": February 2005
- Manager, "writing and editing" stem, STC annual conference (Seattle,
2005): until May 2005
- President, STC Montreal, 2003–2004; Vice-President, 2002–2003.
- Delegate, IEEE professional delegation to China ("professional communication",
led by George Hayhoe): October 2002.
- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Technical Communication: 2001–present.
- Manager, newsletter editor (the Exchange), and e-mail discussion
group moderator, STC Scientific Communication SIG: 2000–present.
- Member, STC Press Kit development committee (under Jeff Staples): 2000–2001.
- Member, STC Montreal Public Relations Committee (under Manuel Gordon): 1998–1999.
- My résumé is only available on paper
to reduce the risk of "identity theft".
For more information about me, please contact me
using the information provided on my
contact Web page.
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