About

I am a science journalist and editor currently serving as the managing editor of SAPIENS, an editorially independent online publication devoted to making anthropology accessible and relevant to the general public. Prior to taking on this role in May 2015, I spent a decade as a freelance journalist covering health, neuroscience, energy, the environment and everything in between. My work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Nature, Science, New Scientist, Audubon, and many other publications.

I’ve covered topics ranging from the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf oil spill to the health of Mongolian reindeer herds. Two of my favorite areas to write about are innovations that solve humanitarian problems and the surprising biological adaptations that enable organisms to thrive in extreme environments. My reporting adventures have taken me wading through quicksand, hiking across the Alaskan tundra, trailing undercover drug agents and exploring otherworldly marine life at the bottom of the ocean through the eyes of a submersible robot.

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Dispatches from the Field

Before I began writing for a living, I spent several years as a researcher, first as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health and then as a research assistant at the University of Southern California. Somewhere along the way I discovered that I enjoyed telling the tales behind science more than doing the science itself. As a master’s student in journalism at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, I had the honor of being awarded an interdisciplinary fellowship called the “Carbon, Climate, and Society Initiative” by the National Science Foundation. For three years, it allowed me to delve into environmental policy and the societal, ethical, and scientific issues surrounding climate change and energy alongside a team of graduate students from diverse disciplines.

I am currently based in Denver, Colorado where I reside with my husband and three children.

Speaking Engagements

  • ScienceWriters2016 “First Aid For Editors” panelist, San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 2016

Honors

  • Best American Science & Nature Writing “Notable” Readings of 2013 Achievement, 2014

Fellowships

  • California Endowment National Health Journalism Fellow, Los Angeles, CA, July 2013
  • Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment Fellow, Jupiter, FL, May 2012

Affiliations

  • National Association of Science Writers
  • Society of Environmental Journalists

“…covering health, neuroscience, energy, the environment and just about everything in between.”