Independent Science Journalist in California
I'm an independent science journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on water, climate and environmental policy.
I’m the water reporter for the Bay Area Monitor, and a contributing reporter for San Francisco Estuary magazine. My work has also appeared in Audubon, Bay Nature, bioGraphic, Conservation, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, High Country News, Muse, Nature, PLOS Biology, PLOS Research News, Scientific American, Water Deeply, and more.
Reporting trips have taken me to a creek restoration site squeezed between a refinery and a landfill, rice fields that double as salmon nurseries, creek-side homeless encampments, and tribal land devastated by a Superfund Site.
I'm a contributor to The Craft of Science Writing, an Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources alum, a board member of the Northern California Science Writers Association, and mentor for the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program.
My background includes graduate degrees in biology (UC San Diego) and science communication (UC Santa Cruz). Previous beats include agriculture, cancer, chemistry, conservation biology, and molecular and cell biology.
I love live music, photography, and hiking in our amazing national parks (45 so far - above, I'm in Canyonlands NP, overlooking the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers).