I’m a freelance journalist covering science and the environment based in Portland, Oregon. I write stories about how the world works, and how humans are changing it. Sometimes, that leads me to the insides of a volcano, other times, to the desolate expanse of the Arctic. I am a former science reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where I focused on climate change. My freelance work has appeared in Science, Nature, Hakai, bioGraphic, Orion, NationalGeographic.com, and High Country News, among other places. I occasionally host podcasts for Science, Scientific American‘s 60-Second Science and The Dirtbag Diaries.
I also like to run, ski, make music, garden, cook, and bake bread, and I dabble in writing about these topics too. I’m aware that I have a problem with hobbies…
I have been honored to receive numerous awards and honors, including an AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship, the Grand Gold Award for feature writing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Region VIII, and a Silver Excel award for feature writing from Association & Media Publishing. My story on clearing forests to save meadows was a finalist for a Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers. I was also a 2015 Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellow and a 2016 writer-in-residence at the Wrangell Mountain Center in McCarthy, Alaska.
I have a bachelors degree and a PhD in geology. My doctoral research focused on reconstructing the composition of past atmospheres using polar ice cores to better understand the Earth’s climate and why it changes. To learn more, read my award-winning Terra magazine story.