I’m a journalist and web producer based in Philadelphia, PA. I’ll write on just about any topic, but my main beat is science. After training as a biologist, I found that I’m better at studying other people studying nature than studying nature myself. Go figure.
At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, I write, edit and produce the Ocean Portal website, covering ocean science, technology and conservation. I’ve written for The Scientist, Nature Medicine, Scientific American, and Bitch, and the websites of Popular Science, Refinery 29, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others.
My work covers the breadth of biology—ecology, biomedicine, genetics, and evolution—and its intersections with policy, business, and culture. I’ve written everything from blog posts to news features, Q&As to business briefs.
Previously, I blogged for Scientific American, was science editor at Ladybits, and interned at Nature Medicine and The Scientist.
In my former life as a scientist, I researched the epigenetics of yeast aging at a molecular biology lab at the University of Pennsylvania, studied coastal marine biology on the Oregon coast at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and managed wildlife at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in seaside Wells, Maine. I graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Latin. Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.
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