About

With more than eight 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 eight years of experience writing fast, accurate meeting summaries and web copy for federal clients and scientific non-profits.

Recently, I have retrained as a statistician. I currently provide statistical and data science expertise to projects in the Biostatistics Research Branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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 proposals to secure grants exceeding $1 million from NIH and NSF to support my research.