Here, I'm holding an Island Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz Island—the largest of the Channel Islands in southern California. I studied this island endemic bird for my Ph.D. research.

Here, I'm holding an Island Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz Island—the largest of the Channel Islands in southern California. I studied this island endemic bird for my Ph.D. research.

In July 2018, I started a new position as Associate Editor for the Careers section of Science Magazine, a job that involves a mix of writing and editing news stories about science careers and issues in academia. I telework from lovely Fort Collins, Colorado.

My route to journalism was through science. I hold a Ph.D. in ecology from Colorado State University and spent >10 years as a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher studying the ecology and evolution of birds. I received my first journalism training as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow stationed at National Geographic, an opportunity that widened my view of possible career options in front of me. That experience ultimately led to a journalism internship with Science Magazine and, after that, to my current position.