I am an independent freelance print journalist and radio journalist and my work focuses on the environment, science, health and technology. I write most regularly for BBC Earth, BBC Future and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and produce radio shows for Colorado Public Radio and “How On Earth,” a weekly science show on KGNU community radio (Denver/Boulder area).
My goal as a journalist is to raise awareness, inform, inspire while hopefully entertaining my readers and listeners.
Before becoming a professional communicator, I was a scientist studying first physics, then cognitive science, as an undergraduate. After completing a PhD in computational molecular biology, my postdoctoral experience took me though the fields of molecular graphics, nuclear magnetic resonance, cheminformatics, drug discovery and 3D visualization. Finally, I realized that in the quest for new intellectual frontiers I should become a journalist, so I could read up on whatever took my fancy and never specialize.
I retrained as a science communicator in 2010 at UC Santa Cruz and followed the course with a three-year stint as a science writer/communicator at the Cooperative Institute of Research in Environmental Sciences. Late in 2013, I took the plunge and became a full-time independent journalist.
As well as writing and being on the airwaves, I also teach communication skills to scientists on the Front Range and beyond.