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.
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.
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
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune; AAAS Mass Media Fellowship
University of Florida Biodiversity Institute, Gainesville, FL
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 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
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
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
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