Ecologist & Environmental Data Journalist

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About

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

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

I am currently finishing my PhD in Ecology at the University of Florida while working as a freelance science and data journalist, formerly as a science reporter for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans with the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program.

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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Education

  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

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

  • Utah State University, Logan, UT

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

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Ecology (Dr. Morgan Ernest's Lab), expected graduation 2019

 

Experience

  • University of Florida J-School Environmental Journalism Course

Teaching Assistant for Cynthia Barnett, Fall 2018

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

Science Writer & 2018 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 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

 

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)

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

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