I’m a science writer based in Philadelphia, PA. After training as a biologist, I found that I’m better at studying people studying nature than studying nature myself. Go figure.
I have experience covering many topics in the life sciences, but I specialize in ecology and conservation. I’m particularly interested in scientific findings that challenge the traditional human/nature divide, and write on this topic at my blog A More Human Nature.
At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, I write, edit and produce the Ocean Portal website, covering ocean science, technology and conservation. My writing has also appeared online or in print in Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, Nautilus, and Hakai Magazine, among other outlets. 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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