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 NOLA.com | 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:
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.
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
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 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 SheJumps.org, 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