I am a writer specializing in science and nature.
Topics in ecology and the environment, conservation, natural history, and the life sciences particularly
interest me. While my writing spans a variety of scientific fields, it is not bound by science alone.
SKILLS AND INTERESTS
- Reporting and writing science news, podcast scripts, and blog posts; as well as fact checking and copy editing.
- Editing photos, videos and audio (Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, and Aperture).
- Content management (WordPress and Blogger), basic skills in HTML and CSS.
- Master of Arts in Journalism (Specialization: Science/Medical), Dec. 2010; Hofstra University: School of Communication, Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
- Certificate in Conservation Biology, May 2010; Columbia University: Center for Environmental Research and Conservation
- Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, minor in Visual Arts, May 2007; Eckerd College
- Freelance science journalist: Self-employed; Jan. 2013—present
- I report, write, and edit stories for print and online publications, including Discover, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, National Geographic News, Slate, Ars Technica and others. I also write and produce podcasts for Scientific American, as well as fact check news stories and captions for Discover.
- Fellow: International League of Conservation Writers; Jan. 2013-present
- The International League of Conservation Writers is a forum to bring writers together from all over the world who are writing to promote wilderness, nature, conservation, and other means to protect and restore the natural areas, habitats, animals and plants of our planet. Fellows are made up of professional writers who have made a significant contribution to the field over an extended period of time.
- Editor: ScienceSeeker; Apr. 2012-present
- Select outstanding posts in the biological and environmental sciences to highlight in the Editors’ Picks section of the science blog aggregator ScienceSeeker, which is an open-source and community-developed project of ScienceOnline.
- Public information intern: American Geophysical Union; September 2011-December 2011; Washington, DC
- Assess newsworthiness of scientific findings in papers recently accepted for publication in AGU journals, write and disseminate science related press releases and blog posts, organize press conferences for Fall Meeting 2011 and responsible for the upkeep of science-specific social media outreach on Twitter.
- Social media consultant: Thermo Fisher Scientific; February 2011-November 2011; Waltham, MA
- Developed and implemented a corporate social media initiative to spread news, increase interactivity with customers and build brand awareness. Managed Twitter and Facebook accounts, and advised executives and social media account holders on prescribed actions for a uniform social media strategy.
- Science journalism intern: United States Geological Survey; June 2010-August 2010; St. Petersburg, FL
- Wrote internal news releases for the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, as well as articles for the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology program newsletter “Sound Waves” and outside publications; edited USGS Coastal and Marine Geology podcasts using Final Cut Pro; produced stories for WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio Tampa Bay.
- Specialist: Apple, Inc.; Sept. 2009-May 2010; Manhasset, NY
- Assisted customers with making informed decisions on their technological purchases, booked appointments and checked in customers for repairs and One to One lessons, taught customers the basics of Mac OS X, troubleshot minor technological issues.
- Research Assistant: Eckerd College; May 2006-May 2007; St. Petersburg, FL
- Conducted plant sampling (number of branches, number of leaves, plant height, basal width) for 30 specimens of white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), determined crab density of fiddler crabs (Uca spp.), acquired soil-water samples using an interstitial sipper and conducted soil-water analysis. Results were published in Smith, N. et al. 2009 Marine Biology.
- Intern: Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute; Sept. 2006-Dec. 2006; St. Petersburg, FL
- Assisted with capture and scientific analysis of game fish species in the Fisheries Independent Monitoring department.
- Husbandry Intern: Florida Aquarium; May 2005-Dec. 2005; Tampa, FL
- Prepared diets and performed feedings for numerous species; including birds, reptiles, fish and marine invertebrates; logged 270 hours, the equivalent of two years volunteer service, in 6 months.
- Founder, This Is What A Scientist Looks Like; Jan. 2012-present
- An ongoing community photo project in which scientists submit their photo and a small blurb about themselves. The goal of the project is to challenge the stereotypical perception of a scientist. It has been profiled by Scientific American, Nature, and The Washington Post.
- Founder and Organizer, #DCscitweetup (DC Science Tweetup); Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012
- A monthly event that brings together people with in an interest in science, science communication, science education, science writing, blogging, online social networks and science journalism. For the November 2011 tweetup, DCscitweetup was invited to co-host with National Geographic at one of their National Geographic Live events.
AWARDS & HONORS
- COMPASS Media Fellow, North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, MT, July 13-16, 2014
- Metcalf Annual Workshop Fellow, Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Climate Change in Coastal Ecosystems, Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, University of Rhode Island, June 1-6, 2014
- Fellow, International League of Conservation Writers (2013-present)
- Accepted for publication in The Best Science Writing Online 2012, an annual anthology of the best writing on science blogs formerly known as The Open Laboratory
- Finalist, 3 Quarks Daily 2011 Prize in Science, “Prehistoric Clues Provide Insight into Climate’s Future Impact on Oceans”
- “Applying Apps – Putting mobile technology to use in the field” – ScienceOnline Oceans; Miami, FL (Oct. 12, 2013)
- “ Communicating Your Science & Engineering” – Krell Institute Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship 2013 Annual Program Review; Arlington, VA (Jul. 27, 2013)
- “Social Media for Science Outreach: Case Studies” – SpotOn NYC; New York, NY (Apr. 25, 2013)
- “Blitz Session: This Is What A Scientist Looks Like” – ScienceOnline Teen; New York, NY (Apr. 13, 2013)
- “Pinterest- What could a science writer possibly do with it?” – Science Writers in New York/American Society of Journalists and Authors; New York, NY (Mar. 6, 2013)
- “Changing the Public Face of Science” – ScienceOnline 2013; Raleigh, NC (Jan. 31, 2013)
- “Changing the Face of Science: Dispelling Stereotypes and Exploring Careers” – New England Aquarium; Boston, MA (Sept. 29, 2012)
- “Visual storytelling through science/nature photography” - Science Online 2011; Research Triangle Park, NC (Jan. 15, 2011)
- “Institutional Blogging: Online outreach for science, conservation, education and government organizations” -Science Online 2011; Research Triangle Park, NC (Jan. 15, 2011)
- Guest speaker on science blogging and alternative science careers for Sci101: Integrated Physical Science – St. Leo University; St. Leo, FL (Sept. 28, 2010)
- International League of Conservation Writers: (2013-present)
- National Association of Science Writers: (2011-present)
- DC Science Writers Association: (2011-2012, 2014-present)
- Society for Environmental Journalists: (2010-present)
- Society for Conservation Biology: (2007-2011, 2013-present)
- Project WILD Certified