I’m the associate editor for the Careers section of Science Magazine, a job that involves a mix of writing and editing news stories about the scientific workforce, career planning, 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 and, after that, to my current position.
In addition to my work as a journalist, I’m also keenly interested in finding ways to foster better communication among scientists. I published a peer-reviewed opinion piece with tips to help scientists deliver compelling conference presentations. I also occasionally provide editing services, helping scientists hone grant proposals, reports, and manuscripts.
In my spare time, I love biking, hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, and relaxing at home alongside my partner—a landscape and wildlife photographer—and our elderly cat.