Ecologist & Environmental Data Journalist

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Writing

Writing

I am passionate about investigating data truths, communicating science and increasing public engagement in the conversation about evidence and impacts.

Here you will find my published works of science news writing, newspaper op-eds, radio collaborations, and data journalism. For a complete list of my AAAS Mass Media Fellowship publications at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, please click here.


Data Journalism Clips & Graphics


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This data journalism project was published by WUFT, the Gainesville-area NPR syndicate on December 15, 2017. It is part of a series called Energy Burden from Cynthia Barnett's Environmental Journalism class, which was named as a finalist for Online Depth Reporting in the Annual Mark of Excellence Awards by the National Society of Professional Journalists.

For this project, I filed a public records request, combined and analyzed mulitple data sources, and conducted a series of interviews. My annotated code and reporting sources are documented on Github. My info-graphic is below (larger version included in the story link).

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Analyzed climate change data for Louisiana for this story, then interviewed experts in the area to determine impacts of warming temperatures on the spread of disease through the New Orleans port.

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I analyzed data on recovery of the American Aligator in Louisiana and created this graphic for a series on the Endagered Species Act by reporter Sara Sneath: https://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/page/saving_the_southern_wild.html


Science News Clips


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New technique proves pond scum isn’t scummy after all.


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A sing-along story about super statistics.


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Coverage of new research on connections between mental health & climate change, published the day the article embargo lifted.


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News story linking three new findings about various ways stress can be passed down through generations of struggling Louisiana residents.


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Quick news story on developments in the Trump administration's plans to sell mining leases on former National Monument land. Was shared 3k+ times and is the only coverage of this to report on risks to native bees.


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News story for New Scientist Magazine on new research contradicting  Bergmann's 1847 'Rule' that individuals of a species are larger in colder parts of the species' range. Story link is behind a paywall; button downloads a screenshot.


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In nature news, this weekend the sky really will be falling.


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Includes a video interview with Audubon Aquarium shark expert Brenda Walkenhorst.


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News story covering results from the Union of Concerned Scientists about sea level rise impacts.


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Includes a Facebook Live tour and interview with the New Orleans Insectarium curator of animal collections, Zack Lemann.


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News report on the allocation of GOMESA  funds  to Louisiana.


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News story on new research showing how quickly Formosan termites can destroy a model home.


Features, Radio, Photography, Op-eds


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A new study shows that rising sea water may impact thousands of miles of internet cable. How will NOLA fare?


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I was asked to write about New Orleans' feral cat problem from a scientific perspective, which generated dynamic reactions from the locals!


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Did you know frog calls are data scientists can use to track ecosystem change? Listen in to find out more.


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Guide to #NOLA for attendees of the 2018 Ecological Society of America conference.


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Radio collaboration with WWNO to discuss weekly news from across the Louisiana coast.


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Radio collaboration with WWNO to discuss weekly news from across the Louisiana coast.


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Photography assignment: international ecologists explore the Manchac Swamp by canoe.


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In January of 2017, I attended the Women's March on Washington with a group of fellow female scientists. It made quite an impression on me, and my op-ed was published on the front page of the Sunday Issues section of the Gainesville Sun the following week.


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I authored a popular op-ed, published in the Gainesville Sun on May 15, 2018, about bicycle-car conflicts in Gainesville, FL.