About my writing
As a writer I am driven by a desire to share my passion for science, social health, and food (food is life).
I worked as a freelance journalist for New England Public Radio, where I began as a reporter and digital media intern. I was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Philadelphia Inquirer and a contributor to the Journal of Experimental Biology (Outside JEB).
I have published an entry in Macmillan Reference's Discoveries in Modern Science on trophic ecology, a piece for the UMass Amherst Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology website, and a story in the February 2015 issue of Natural History Magazine. I have also worked as a science writing intern for the University of Massachusetts Office of News & Media Relations. In 2014, I was chosen as a SICB Annual Meeting Science Journalism Intern (the article I wrote on fruit fly mating preference for the SICB internship can be found here), and I later wrote a press release for one of their subsequent meetings on a physiological costs of eating in snakes (oxidative damage) . I've even written about tiny propulsion systems for miniature satellites (the magnificence of mini!), for the Science Writers 2015 conference at MIT.
My scientific interests are far-reaching, but my specialties include evolutionary ecology, physiology, reproductive biology, trophic interactions, animal locomotion, and sexual selection.
As a student at the University of New Mexico and the University of Massachusetts Amherst I have worked on a range of evolutionary and ecological projects. I have published papers about my own research in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Functional Ecology, American Naturalist, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Advanced Materials, Southwestern Naturalist, and the Journal of Herpetology.
NEPR (selected stories)
Massachusetts Raw Milk Enthusiasts Hopeful About Pending Bill (July 14, 2015)
Massachusetts Senator Pushes for More Women in the Boardroom (July 30, 2015)
Two Different Views Of Marijuana, One Massachusetts Ballot (August 6, 2015)
Western Mass. Boy Scout Council Sees No Effect After End of Ban on Gay Leaders (August 20, 2015)
Keeping an Eye Out for Another Nasty Mosquito-Borne Illness (June 4, 2015)
Mass. Officials to Poultry Farmers: Get Ready for the Flu (June 18, 2015)
Final Stamp of Approval for Plainridge Park Casino (June 25, 2015)
Greenfield Drug Treatment Center Expected to Face Some Public Opposition (July 16, 2015)
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Concerned About Casino License Applicant's Withdrawal (July 23, 2015)
- Dec. 2016 - Tread lightly: insect tibias buckle under pressure
- Sept. 2016 - The pendulous, belly-flopping landing acrobatics of tree frogs
- June 2016 - Amphibious fish prop up when seeking water
- March 2016 - Tendon elasticity helps bats flap
- Dec. 2015 - For hummingbirds, nature is not a wind tunnel
- Sept. 2015 - The octopus: beauty in simplicity
- June 2015 - Boxfish don't swim the straight and narrow
- March 2015 - Fat seals forage most efficiently
- Dec. 2014 - Zooplankton swim softly to stymie predators
- Sept. 2014 - Exercise gives fish a boost of boldness
- June 2014 - Head-bobs in birds: the eyes have it
- March 2014 - Arboreal locomotion: aye, there's the rub!
- Dec. 2013 - Passive-Aggressive Joint Forces
- Sept. 2013 - Placenta as Pacemaker