I’m an award-winning independent science journalist based in Santa Monica, California. My interests range from culture and nature in public lands to the lives of scientists to the complexity of baby brains. Before I became a professional journalist, I served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria, and attended MIT and Princeton University.
My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, WIRED, The Guardian, Undark, Popular Science, MIT Technology Review, Nature, Hakai and beyond.
Every year I try to gain some new reporting or writing skill. Some of the fellowships I’ve received include a 2020 Society for Environmental Journalists fellowship, 2017 Columbia University Reporting Fellowship on Early Childhood Development, 2014 National Health Journalism Fellowship, 2013 MIT Knight Science Bootcamp, the 2012 Woods Hole Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship, a 2013 National Press Foundation Fellowship, a 2011 Fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and others.
I recently won an award for an investigation I wrote for The Guardian about the ecological recovery of Joshua Tree National Park after the government shutdown.
In addition to writing, I teach science communication bootcamps and do speaking engagements and podcasts about writing, science, and parenting. A full list of my appearances is available on my CV.
I’m a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. I co-founded a regional science writing group: SoCal Science Writing.