I am a science writer and storyteller with experience writing news and features for print and web, podcast production, and media relations.

Work experience

January 2019-present

Media relations, Sandia National Laboratories

January 2012-December 2018

Freelance science journalist
specialized in writing news about chemistry, materials science and engineering

June 2011

Graduate Certificate, Science Communication
UC Santa Cruz

April 2010

Ph.D., Chemistry
Washington University in St. Louis

May 2005

B.S., Biochemistry and microbiology
University of Florida

July-December 2011

New Scientist magazine
  • Wrote news stories and blog posts about physics, chemistry, astronomy, and technology with a one to three day turnaround
  • Blogged for arts and science blog, Culture Lab
  • Obtained videos and photos from sources

April-May 2011

Stanford University news office
  • Wrote an obituary, press releases about computer science, and profiled an award-winning staff member

January-March 2011

KUSP 88.9 FM in Santa Cruz
  • Wrote, edited and produced four radio news stories about agriculture and environmental issues in the Santa Cruz area

September-December 2011

The Salinas Californian
  • Wrote about pesticides, agriculture, environmental issues and local events on a daily deadline

April-July 2010

Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates
  • Wrote and edited a 30-page magazine featuring student attendees and meeting events
  • Created a slideshow using iMovie
  • Promoted the meeting through the organization’s Facebook page

July 2008-July 2009

Washington University in St. Louis news office
  • Wrote press releases about research in the psychology, biology, physics, and chemistry departments
Courses Taught

April-June 2014

BME123T: Senior Thesis Seminar
UCSC Biomolecular Engineering department
Multimedia experience
Familiar with Final Cut Express, Adobe Audition, Hindenburg, Audacity, iPhoto, iMovie, and SoundSlides


Fellow in To Think, To Write, To Publish program, writing longform narratives about science policy
Collaborated with a science historian to write a longform narrative about science policy


NASW Graduate Student Travel Grant


Scholarship from Roche Molecular Diagnostics
UC Santa Cruz


Delegate to the 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

September-November 2008

August and Ruth Homeyer Fellowship
Washington University in St. Louis

September-November 2007

August and Ruth Homeyer Fellowship
Washington University in St. Louis

January - August 2007

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship (GAANN)
Washington University in St. Louis
National Association of Science Writers