Ecologist & Environmental Data Journalist

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About

I ask questions about the world around me, figure out answers, and write about it.

Me next to  The Times-Piacyune  front page outside Washington D.C.’s ‘Newseum’ (RIP).

Me next to The Times-Piacyune front page outside Washington D.C.’s ‘Newseum’ (RIP).

My favorite thing about science and journalism is that never again can anyone tell me I’m asking too many questions.

My interests in science and in journalism have co-mingled in my life for a long time. I was a 2016-17 Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Florida’s Biodiversity Institute and a 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans.

In 2019, I completed my Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida and left academia to work as an investigative environment reporter at The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate as part of ProPublica’s 2019 Local Reporting Network.

In addition to my science publication record, I have feature journalism bylines in Smithsonian Magazine, New Scientist Magazine, WUFT (NPR), The Gainesville Sun, The Times-Picayune, and forthcoming in Discover Magazine. I have been recognized as a scientist by groups like STEM Women and Now This Media, and have won awards in journalism for my data stories on Hurricane Irma and Florida’s population growth.

My life goals: curiosity + ecology background + data skills + love of writing —> meaningful contributions to environmental justice & broader scientific literacy.

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Education

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology, 2019

  • Utah State University, Logan, UT

Master's degree in Ecology (Thesis here), 2016

  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Bachelor of Arts (Neuroscience), magna cum laude, high honors thesis, 2008

Experience

Teaching Assistant for Cynthia Barnett, Fall 2018

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  • NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune; AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Science Writer & AAAS Mass Media Fellow at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Summer 2018

  • University of Florida Biodiversity Institute, Gainesville, FL

Biodiversity Graduate Research Fellow, 2016-17

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel

Visiting researcher, hosted by Dr. Yael Mandelik, funded by a Binational Science Fnd Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grant for Young Scientists, Spring 2014

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  • Pinnacles National Park, Paicines, CA

Researcher (Utah State Univ. grad program, funded by National Park Service & USDA), 2011-2013

  • Colorado Division of Wildlife, Fort Collins, CO

Canada Lynx Technician for Dr. Jake Ivans, Fall 2010

  • UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC

Head Technician in Peterson lab & Environmental Contractor at Camp Lejune MCB, 2009-2010

  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, CO

Animal Behavior Assistant for Dr. Rosemary Smith, Summer 2007

 

Awards

  • 3rd Place, “Ray Reece Excellence in Environmental Journalism Student Award” from the Society of Environmental Journalists (group award), Aug. 2019

  • 1st Place, Online Depth Reporting, Annual Mark of Excellence Awards (group award), National Society of Professional Journalists, March 2019

  • University of Florida Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award, Spring 2019

  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Mass Media Fellowship, Summer 2018

  • University of Florida Biodiversity Institute 2016-17 Fellowship, July 2016

  • Utah State University Center for Women and Gender Student Award, Summer 2015

  • Utah State University Ecology Center Travel Award, Summer 2015

  • US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Rahamimoff Research Travel Award for Young Scientists, May 2013

  • Utah State University Graduate Student Enhancement Award for excellence in research and involvement in the community, March 2013

 

Extracurriculars

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Sponsored Road & Mountain Cyclist

  • Endurance 360 Cycling Team, 2015-16; Harristone/Sun Valley Mortgage Cycling Team, 2013-14; Chick-fil-A/Excelerator Sports Cycling Team, 2011-12

  • 6x National Championship racer (Road - 2012 & '13, Mtn - '12, Marathon Mtn - '14, Fat Bike - '16, Triathlon - '18)

  • Utah State Univ. Cycling Team: VP & Women's Team Captain, Conference Champion for Road ('12) & Mtn ('13)

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Varsity NCAA DIV3 Cross-Country & Track Athlete

  • School Record Holder in 3K Steeplechase, 2007-2012

  • Eastern Collegiate Regional Championships, 1k, 2007

Outdoor Recreation Leadership

  • Wilderness First Responder, Certified 2014-2020

  • Utah Regional Ambassador for SheJumps.org, a National non-profit dedicated to getting underprivileged girls outdoors, 2014

  • Lyon Maas and Mueggler Scholarship in Outdoor Leadership, December 2014

  • Backpacking & Ice Climbing Trip Leader for Visions Service Adventures for teens, Alaska, 2014

  • West Carteret High School Volunteer Track & Field Coach, 2009

  • Mount Holyoke College Outing Club Chair & Trip leader, 2006-2008

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