I’m a freelance science journalist and editor. My writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Science, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, and Orion. I won the 2017 Kavli Gold Award in Children’s Science News. In less serious moods, I’m also a humor writer for outlets such as McSweeney’s, Parents, and Real Simple.
Between 2008 and 2014 I was the editor of Muse, a magazine about science and ideas for kids. I wrote almost 400 news stories there in the voice of a highly knowledgeable cow. Other past projects include Child Proof, a parenting science column published by Medium, and Inkfish, a blog hosted by Discover. “Inkfish” is another name for cephalopods such as octopuses and squid.
Besides cephalopods, I write most often about ecology, evolution, health, parenting, and intersections between science and society. I studied biology and English at Williams College. In order from least to most tedious, my lab skills include: sucking up fruit flies from tree fungi; sequencing human DNA; liquefying leaves; and sorting grass roots with tweezers. I live in the Boston area with my husband and daughter.