I’m an independent journalist covering science and the environment from Portland, Oregon. I write about how the world works and how humans are changing it. My work has appeared in places like The New York Times, The Atlantic, Science, Hakai, High Country News, and The Los Angeles Times, where I was a former climate reporter. I’m currently working on a book about grass and humans and our relationship to nature, to be published by Ecco. I’m represented by Sarah Fuentes at Fletcher & Co.

Several of my stories have been anthologized and noted in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. My work has received awards and honors from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, the Northwest Science Writers Association, and the Stanford University School of Earth Sciences.

I was a 2021-2022 Knight Science Journalism Project Fellow, a 2016 writer-in-residence at the Wrangell Mountain Center in McCarthy, Alaska, a 2015 Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund Fellow at The Open Notebook, and a 2014 AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at the LA Times.

I have a bachelors degree and a PhD in geology. For my doctoral research, I studied polar ice cores to understand the Earth’s climate and why it changes. To learn more, read my award-winning Terra magazine story.