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I am an award-winning freelance science writer who has contributed to Nature, New Scientist, Salon.com, Conservation, Science News, Science News for Students, and U.S. News & World Report. I earned a B.Sc. in biology from Stanford University, an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University Bloomington, and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I live in Seattle, Washington, and I'm on the board of the Northwest Science Writers Association.

My specialties include writing about the environment, astronomy, the intersection of science and art, and science for kids.

 

Credit: Conservation magazine

Credit: Conservation magazine

Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

I blogged about the history of transit observations, from Venus to exomoons, for The Last Word on Nothing.

Credit: Altmetric

Credit: Altmetric

In a feature for Nature, I took a closer look at alternative methods for evaluating research impact.

Credit: Roy Caldwell

Credit: Roy Caldwell

I wrote about the amazing features of mantis shrimp for Science News for Students, a website aimed at middle-school students.

Credit: Mark Burkitt

Credit: Mark Burkitt

In a story for Biomedical Computation Review, I described how researchers are building computational models of sperm to improve our understanding of reproduction.

Credit: Matt Beardsley

Credit: Matt Beardsley

I profiled a young researcher who started an innovative physics education program for Response magazine.