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.

I hold a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University and currently work as a freelance writer and science communication consultant based in Fort Collins, Colorado. I received journalism training as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow and have written stories for major media outlets like National Geographic, Slate, and Science. I also provide consulting support for scientists and organizations interested in honing proposals, manuscripts, presentations, and press releases. 

My past work as a scientist centered on understanding how environmental variation shapes the ecology and evolution of birds. My Ph.D. research uncovered surprising patterns of evolutionary divergence within a bird endemic to a single island. My postdoctoral research applied genomic sequencing technology to quantify large-scale evolutionary divergence in the White-tailed Ptarmigan, an iconic alpine bird that is vulnerable to climate change. In past projects, I worked to assess environmental factors driving population demography, to apply stable isotopes to track migratory birds, and to understand the impacts of timber harvest on wildlife species.