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, and a 2013 MIT Knight Science Bootcamp.
This year, I’m a fellow with the Religion & Environmental Story Project.
Two of my stories have been honorable mentions in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.
In addition to writing, I have taught narrative journalism and environmental writing at universities. I also do speaking engagements and podcasts about writing, science, and parenting.
I’m a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists. I co-founded a regional science writing group: SoCal Science Writing.