Graduate Certificate, Science Communication, University of California, Santa Cruz (December 2008)

M.F.A., Creative Writing, Indiana University Bloomington (June 2007)

B.Sc., Biology, Minor in Mathematics, Stanford University (June 2000)


Freelance Science Writer (January 2007 — present)

  • Write news and features for publications such as,, New ScientistHakai, Audubon, Science News, U.S. News & World ReportSalon.comScience News for Students, and the San Francisco Chronicle

  • Provide writing and editing services to universities, research institutions, and medical centers such as Stanford University, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Yale School of Management, and the NIH's Center for Cancer Research

  • Won the American Geophysical Union's 2010 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for a Nature feature about an asteroid impact

  • Won a 2016 silver AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in the children's science news category for a Science News for Students feature about electric eels

News Intern, Nature (January — March 2009)

  • Wrote about new studies, conferences, and government hearings for Nature's news website and blog

  • Covered science policy and community news, including climate-change law and stimulus package grants

  • Contributed research summaries, news briefs, and two feature stories to the weekly print magazine

Research Communications Fellow, Idaho National Laboratory (July — December 2008)

  • Wrote news releases and responded to media requests about U.S. Department of Energy research

  • Produced website features on a variety of topics, including energy, space, archaeology and technology

  • Created lab's first research podcasts and set up Idaho National Laboratory iTunes channel

Reporting Intern, ScienceNOW (March — June 2008)

  • Wrote stories about new research findings for Science magazine's daily online news service

  • Covered ecology, genetics, medicine, microbiology, and physics

Production Intern, SETI Institute Podcast (January — March 2008)

  • Assisted production of the SETI Institute's weekly hour-long science podcast, Are We Alone? (now called Big Picture Science)

  • Edited audio, wrote portions of script, prepared interview questions and developed show ideas

Reporting Intern, Salinas Californian (September — December 2007)

  • Wrote 2-3 stories a week for Monterey County newspaper (circulation 17,000)

  • Covered agriculture, environment, health, community, education and election night


Scientific Programmer, Stanford Medical Center (July 2003 — July 2004)

  • Developed software and designed database for ProPhylER, a tool for evolutionary analysis of protein sequences

  • Set up Mac OS X computer server to allow file sharing and website hosting in laboratory

Ontology Engineer, Ingenuity Systems (July 2000 — June 2003)

  • Developed software to build knowledge base of gene pathway data for biotechnology start-up

  • Managed an interdisciplinary team of scientists, software engineers, and QA engineers

Student Researcher, Stanford University (September 1998 — June 2000)

  • Completed thesis on identification of signalling element in immune response gene

  • Recipient of Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship


Associate Writing Instructor, Indiana University Bloomington (August 2004 — May 2007)

  • Taught four creative writing classes and two composition classes to undergraduates

  • Designed course syllabi, ran fiction workshops, and extensively edited student work


  • Provided Wordpress tech support for the blog The Last Word on Nothing

  • Experience recording and editing podcasts

  • Familiar with HTML, CSS, Sound Forge, Audacity, Soundslides, and Final Cut Express