Ecologist & Environmental Data Journalist



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


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

I am currently finalizing my PhD in Ecology at the University of Florida while working for ProPublica and | The Times-Picayune as one of 14 journalist members of ProPublica’s 2019 Local Reporting Network. I hope to build a career in journalism that blends my ecological knowledge and data analytics expertise with my passion for promoting environmental justice. I was a 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In addition to my science publication record, I have journalism bylines in Smithsonian Magazine, New Scientist Magazine, WUFT (NPR), the Gainesville Sun, and the New Orleans’ Times-Picayune.

I am passionate about:

  • uncovering truths,

  • improving science and data literacy in the general public,

  • communicating ecosystem issues of broad and urgent significance and

  • encouraging people to support each other in finding solutions for all.

A decade of experience in ecology research and data science enables me to observe natural trends, evaluate primary literature, ask targeted questions and interpret and analyze data, while my experience as a science journalist helps me communicate complex topics to diverse audiences.

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  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

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

  • Utah State University, Logan, UT

Master's degree in Ecology (Thesis here), Dec. 2015

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Ecology, expected graduation May 2019



Teaching Assistant for Cynthia Barnett, Fall 2018

  • | The Times-Picayune; AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Science Writer & 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at | 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

  • 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 the 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




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)

Varsity NCAA DIV3 Cross-Country & Track Athlete

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

  • Eastern Collegiate Regional Championships, 1k, 2007

Outdoor Recreation Leadership

  • Utah Regional Ambassador for, a National non-profit dedicated to getting underprivileged girls into the outdoors, 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