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I am a 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. In 2010, I won the American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. I'm a regular contributor to Conservation magazine and Nature's Careers section, and I blog at The Last Word on Nothing. I live in Seattle, Washington.

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

Recent Stories

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.