Raised on an island in southeast Alaska, I grew up a perpetually curious tidepool explorer. When Sitka got too small, my parents took me across the country to live in pockets along the West Coast, from Arizona to Montana. I spent a few years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. before reporting throughout the Rocky Mountains – before that, I was once a deckhand on an Alaskan commercial fishing vessel, but that’s a story for another day. My experiences have brought me to San Francisco, where I now spend my time writing, reading, and critically (read: obsessively) thinking about all things science. When not plucking away on a computer keyboard, I am either traversing through the backcountry on epic explorations with my border collie, Ruka, or teaching people to get bendy in the yoga studio.
Although I most enjoy reporting on policy, climate, environmental and marine science, I've been known to cover everything from bizarre medical marvels to the whackiest archaeological discoveries and tending pop-sci stories to space-bound explorations. I hold an MA in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism, as well as a graduate certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution, from the University of Montana in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. My undergraduate work brought her to the Redwood Forest in Northern California, where I received a BA in both Journalism and International Resources. I also speak rusty French with a West African accent, but that's another story for a different day.
I write for publications whose core values are my own and whose mission I firmly stand behind. Engaging, leveled content is perhaps more important now than ever before. In today’s world of opaque headlines and clickbait, readers are more polarized than ever while their trust in the media continues to fade. I want to deliver clean, authentic news that instills trust in the industry and reaffirms our role as a watchdog.
I am a full-time science writer with IFLScience, a digital content producer with the Ocean Exploration Trust, and a regular contributor to EcoWatch based in San Francisco. I recently wrapped up a month-long expedition aboard the E/V Nautilus conducting research in American Samoa and Samoa. I have brought journalistic ethos and integrity to these online platforms in a way that breaks down complex issues into bite-sized, easily digestible stories. The resulting articles are well-balanced, expertly researched, and incredibly informative, yet still concise and delivered gracefully under intense deadline pressure.
When pitching what scientific news or published research to cover each day, I gravitate toward subjects that impact people’s day-to-day lives. I approach these complex and often decisive topics -- like wildlife legislation, localized repercussions of climate change or environmental degradation, and the interplay of native people’s rights and environmental policy -- with fearlessness and an intuition for how to tell stories that will make a difference.
My fieldwork has allowed me the privilege to share moments with those who live, breath and nurture the importance of the scientific fields. In the two years that I have called San Francisco home. Most recently, I was selected as a 2019 Science Communication Fellow with the Oceanic Exploration Trust where I am heading into the field for a three-week research expedition aboard the E/V Nautilus in American Samoa. (You can listen to me facilitating live-streamed deep-sea discussions here.) Last summer, I embedded with researchers at Oregon State University during the Science Media Fellowship, a collaborative effort to immerse myself in world-class marine science. I have been a guest speaker at the Planet Home Event in San Francisco, as well as a guest lecturer at the Knight Insitute for Environmental Journalism.
Before focusing my passions on science journalism, I spent several years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. where I worked as a Legislative Correspondent in the U.S. Senate. After that, I spent a handful of years with Internews, a media development organization that facilitates journalistic training to reporters in developing countries. After graduate school, I turned to local broadcast news for an NBC affiliate in the Rocky Mountains and reported, anchored, and produced three live newscasts daily. Following a month-long expedition down the Grand Canyon, I moved to San Francisco where I assisted in opening the satellite west coast hub for IFLScience.
You may view my resume by clicking the PDF link below.