I’m a freelance journalist specializing in science and the environment, and a 2012 Alicia Patterson Fellow. I was a 2011 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. My reporting has taken me around the globe–from Borneo to Nicaragua, Iceland to Ethiopia. I’ve written for The New York Times, Mother Jones, Popular Science, New York, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, Seed, Town & Country, OnEarth, Audubon, High Country News, Slate, and many other publications. I contributed to Al Gore’s book An Inconvenient Truth, for which he hugged me under the American Museum of Natural History’s blue whale during the reception.
Before I snubbed my health insurance and 401K, I was a senior editor at The Village Voice, in charge of covering the emerging dot-com world of the blissfully innocent late 1990s.
I’ve also worked on several startup media projects. I co-edited science and technology coverage at the pioneering online magazine Feed, helped launch the print magazine for the popular early-21st-century media website Inside, and served as story editor for the crowdsourced journalism experiment Assignment Zero.
I have an MS in environmental studies from the University of Colorado, where I studied climate change under an IGERT grant from the National Science Foundation. I also have an MFA in creative writing from New York University.
I’m happiest reporting on science from the field, whether it’s a Costa Rican rainforest or a Montana butte. I won a 2010 AAAS Kavli award for a High Country News story about valiant efforts to save an endangered Colorado River fish, for which I spent several days on Lake Mohave, in the southwestern U.S. If I could do that kind of reporting all the time I’d be a very merry girl.
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