About Me

I'm a freelance science writer. I started out as a scientist, but quickly realized I wanted to pursue too many different questions to settle down with just one project. I have a MS in Genetics from Stanford University ('98), but I've written about topics as diverse Jupiter's Great Red Spot, driverless tractors, and early language acquisition. I graduated from the UCSC Science Communication Program in 2000, and my work has appeared in Science magazine, New ScientistPopular Science, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, the International Journal of Cancer, Mercury magazine, and the Salinas Californian.

You'll notice a time gap in my clips portfolio. After my second child was born, in 2004, I stopped journalistic reporting work in order to focus on my family. For the last 13 years, I have homeschooled my three kids from kindergarten through grade 5, at which point they left home for middle school. During that time, I hosted science classes for elementary school kids, created science curriculum, taught neuroscience to middle school students using wonderful tools from Backyard Brains, and wrote Novelty & Impact statements for the International Journal of Cancer. Now that all my kids are out of the house during the day, I'm doing more active journalism alongside my education work.