I am a magazine journalist, fact-checker, and photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. My work has appeared in The California Sunday Magazine, The Daily Beast, Discover, Hakai, Harper's, High Country News, Huffington Post, JSTOR Daily, Matter, Medium, Nature, Nature Medicine, National Public Radio, Nautilus, The New Yorker, Public Radio International, Science, Scientific American, STAT News, The Open Notebook, Vice, Washington Post, among others. I am often drawn to stories involving contrarian characters, unlikely connections, creative solutions, injustice, slow-moving humanitarian and environmental crises — or any combination of the above.
In 2016, I received a grant through the Pulitzer Center to investigate Southeast Asia's palm oil industry and was selected as a fellow in Michael Pollan’s UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship. I am an at-large board member of the Northwest Science Writers Association and received Hostile Environment & First Aid Training in 2018.
Prior to journalism, I was pursuing my doctoral degree in cancer biology. When I realized I'd rather admire science from afar than be immersed in it, I traded in my pipettes for a pen, notepad, and the willingness to frequently go outside my comfort zone. I've described the leap from academia to journalism to Chronicle Vitae and in my own words.
When I’m not reporting or tinkering with words, I’m likely scaling walls, biking through the persistent Seattle drizzle, or somewhere in the world with very poor or non-existent cell phone reception. I have a knack for booking one-way flights and ordering items like "fried squail" off the menu in foreign countries.
Professional affiliations: Northwest Science Writers Association, National Association of Science Writers, Society of Environmental Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Overseas Press Club