About

With more than seven years of science writing experience in my rear-view mirror, I can reflect on some of my favorite stories: I wrote about data privacy for The Atlantic.comclimate change and the Lyme epidemic in Canada for Undarkzombie genes in elephants for Quanta. I covered studies on the science of science: the spread of scientific ideas, the trajectory of academic careers, and what matters most on the road to scientific success. 

I am a science journalist and writer. Many of my stories relate in some way to evolution, and I draw on my research background to identify interesting trends and under-covered stories in this space. My work has appeared in Science, Nature, Scientific American, Quanta, Undark, PNAS Front Matter, The Atlantic.com, and other places.

I also have more than seven years of experience writing fast, accurate meeting summaries and web copy for federal clients and scientific non-profits. For the last two years, I have been the lead writer for the scientific areas highlighted in the National Cancer Institute’s Annual Plan and Budget Request to Congress (Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022).

Highlights of my academic background include:

  • I was a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where I studied early tetrapods – the first animals to walk on land 350 million years ago. My research in the Zoology Museum in Cambridge led to a first author publication in Science.
  • My PhD research at Duke focused on how oxygen availability regulates body size in insects and led to publications in PNAS and other journals.
  • As a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University, I collaboratively wrote and won grants exceeding $1 million from NIH and NSF to support my research.