About Me

When I was younger, I received my bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and journalism from Syracuse University. Now, I am a freelancer who writes for popular media as well as science and research organizations. These are some of the things I’ve done in the years between:

  • Worked with villagers in Niger, West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Developed and taught a cross-cultural program for the Department of State in Niger.
  • Counted an unfathomable number of jarred fish for the National Museum of Natural History.
  • Produced the first in-house “behind-the-scenes” documentary video series displayed in the National Museum of Natural History.
  • Volunteered as an EMT  in Virginia and Maryland.
  • Taught SCUBA and first aid to scientists as the assistant scientific diving officer for the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.
  • Worked as an assistant editor for Weatherwise magazine.
  • Learned to code and build simple websites, including the first website for Weatherwise and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.
  • Became the science writer and communications lead for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
  • Became the science writer and communications lead for Global Fishing Watch .
  • Helped build a house with my own hands.
  • Raised two amazing little people into amazing young adults.
  • Learned to kiteboard down wind. . . I have given up learning to go upwind (for now).

I make my home on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay with my husband, two pets, and an assortment of small boats, bikes, kites and boards.