About

I am an independent science and environmental writer based in Mount Rainier, Maryland, just outside the nation’s capital. I’ve written for science and general-interest publications including the New York Times, Science, Nature, Quanta, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Inside Science, Science News, Aeon, Nautilus, Smithsonian, Slate, Scientific American, NPR and the Washington Post.

Experience

Freelance science and environmental writer, published in: New York Times, ScienceNature, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Quanta, Scientific American, NPR, Washington Post, Aeon, Slate, National Geographic News, Smithsonian, Inside Science, Science News, New Scientist, Wesleyan Magazine, APS News, Physics World, NIST Tech Beat, Earth Magazine, American Gardener, Nautilus, Physical Review Focus

Fellowships and grants awarded: Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources Frank Allen reporting grant, 2016; COMPASS travel fellowship, 2016; Fund for Environmental Journalism reporting grant, 2015; Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources Chesapeake Bay Institute, 2015; National Association of Science Writers travel fellowships, 2014 and 2012

Freelance editing: American Physical Society, American Geophysical Union, Scientists Greater than Einstein (book)

Board member, D.C. Science Writers Association, June 2013 — April 2016. Vice president, April 2014 — April 2015; President, April 2015 — April 2016

Co-chair, National Association of Science Writers information access committee, 2015 — present

Intern/Writer, Science News, Oct 2013 — Feb 2014

Intern, American Institute of Physics, June 2013 — July 2013

M.A., Science Writing, Johns Hopkins University, May 2013

Education Projects Manager, American Physical Society, June 2007 — May 2011

B.A., Physics, Wesleyan University, 2003

Bio

I am an independent science and environmental writer with more than 10 years of professional experience. I’ve written about research across the scientific spectrum, from plants to planets, batteries to bacteria, cancer to climate. Most of what I write falls into either the physical sciences — broadly defined — or ecology/environment/conservation. Occasionally I’ve managed to make these two interests overlap. I specialize in tackling complex topics that other writers aren’t covering. Lately I’ve been expanding into policy and other areas that aren’t strictly science, but touch on science.

I studied science writing at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and physics (and many other things) at Wesleyan University and Columbia University.

I’ve written for more than 20 publications, ranging from popular venues such as the New York Times and Washington Post to more scientist-oriented publications such as Science and Nature. I’ve edited a large variety of articles and reports for both technical and non-technical audiences.

From October 2013 to February 2014 I wrote primarily for Science News, focusing on physics, astronomy, climate and environment. In 2012 I produced a series of radio stories for the Perpetual Notion Machine on WORT, a community radio station in Madison. I also researched, wrote and edited sections of Scientists Greater than Einstein, a popular science book on the world’s top lifesaving scientists that was published in 2009.

From 2007 to 2011 I worked in the American Physical Society‘s Education and Diversity Department. I wrote frequently for APS publications, covering physics and education issues as well as science talks at APS meetings. I also designed educational physics posters and brochures, and helped produce videos about physics teaching and managed the PhysTEC project.

Proof that I have been writing from an early age

Getting an early start on a writing career.

In 2005 and 2006 I worked on sustainable vegetable farms in Virginia and Kentucky. These hands-on experiences gave me an appreciation for the interdependence of humans and nature. I 2006 and 2007 I worked for a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, helping to provide access to local food for low-income DC residents. In 2004 I served in the Americorps*VISTA program at an education center in Frankfort, Kentucky.

I’m into traditional music and dancing, gardening, local food, biking, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and traveling. I co-founded and continue to run the DC Square Dance, which I believe is the largest regularly occurring traditional square dance in the nation if not the world. I love big, old trees and serve on Mount Rainier, Maryland’s tree commission.

I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and, as the photo shows, I’ve been writing since a young age.