I write about topics ranging from nano-scale computer circuits to global climate change. I tell stories that grapple with what it’s like to be human and our species’ role in the natural world. I have a Masters Degree in science writing from the Johns Hopkins University and have been working as a science journalist since 1999. Here are some of my favorite recent articles:
Encyclopedia of Puget Sound, November 21, 2019
They rival tropical forests in their richness and diversity, but Puget Sound’s kelp beds have declined steeply in recent decades.
Nature Outlook: Physical Oceanography, November 13, 2019
To predict how much climate change will raise sea level, researchers are studying ice shelves — where vast expanses of ice meet the ocean.
Encyclopedia of Puget Sound, April 2, 2019
Understanding the social networks and family bonds of Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas may be critical to keeping the endangered whales from extinction.
Sierra online, August 17, 2017
A strange affliction of ferns in a Seattle city park has larger resonance for our current age of biodiversity decline.
Spectrum, May 16, 2017
Having autism as a parent might seem impossibly challenging. But a generation of parents with the condition is showing that it can be an advantage — even when their child does not share the diagnosis.
Nature Outlook: Animal Health, March 29, 2017
A pathogen spread by domestic cats threatens the health of humans and livestock. Could a solution as simple as taking better care of cats help to combat the infection?
Spectrum, November 16, 2016
Tiny monkeys sporting even tinier backpacks are helping scientists understand the nuances of language and social behavior.
Spectrum, June 1, 2016
Some children are highly sensitive to sound, sight or touch, whereas others seem almost numb. Exploring the differences may offer insights into autism.
Newsweek, December 22, 2015
A new top predator roams the northeastern United States.
Anthropocene, October 6, 2015
In the three decades since the 1986 fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – 4,200 square kilometers straddling the border of Belarus and Ukraine – has become an unlikely wildlife reserve.
Newsweek, May 17, 2015
The legacy of homesteading has created a curious kind of invasive species.
Nautilus, August 21, 2014
The resurrection of glass sponge reefs shows the extinction of an ecosystem doesn’t have to be eternal.
Conservation, March 8, 2013
Artists and ecological restorationists have a lot in common: both work experimentally with materials that are sometimes unpredictable.
City Lab, April 19, 2012
The city embarks on an ambitious plan for an urban forest, with free food for all.