For more than a decade, I’ve been writing about science, including its intersections with history, travel and art. My work has included long features for major magazines, short blog posts, breaking news and more. Here are some examples:


Cool Jobs: Pet science: You don’t need to be a vet to work with cats or dogs
Science News for Students, March 2016

Made in the shade: Agroforestry — combining woody plants with agriculture — yields many benefits
Science News for Students, September 2015

Will water woes leave Americans thirsty?: Even in the United States, water quality and quantity can suffer
Science News for Students, October 2014

Quick Change Artistscover_9: Identifying how species might change in response to shifts in the environment is more than just an intellectual enterprise. Scientists and conservationists won’t be able to save every species threatened by climate change. But they may be able to use the knowledge of how organisms adapt to help some important ones — such as plants that feed many animals — as well as crops and other species that humans depend on for survival.
Science News, July 2014

The Startling Intelligence of the Common Chicken: Chickens are smart, and they understand their world, which raises troubling questions about how they are treated on factory farms
Scientific American, February 2014
(co-written with Macquarie University animal behavior scientist Carolynn “K-lynn” Smith)

The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Chemistry Set: Banning toys with dangerous acids was a good idea, but was the price a couple generations of scientists?, October 2012

The Reluctant Toad Killer [pdf]: Australia’s cane toad problem has distracted Rick Shine from the animals he truly loves, but the biologist may have an effective way to slow their invasion
Science, June 2012

Ready for Contact: Humans have searched for extraterrestrial life for more than a century. What will we do when we find it?
Smithsonian, December 2010

Science News, Analysis and Commentary

Adults can sabotage a student’s path in science or math
Science News for Students, September 2016

Even some Olympic athletes cheat with drugs
Science News for Students, August 2016

The Size of the California Methane Leak Isn’t the Scariest Part of the Story, February 2016

Some Rainbows Don’t Have Every Color of the Rainbow
National Geographic News, December 2015

Superbugs Are Everywhere
Slate, November 2015

What Will Really Happen When San Andreas Unleashes the Big One?, May 2015

Do Not Buy Oceanfront Property
Slate, August 2014

The Secrets of Sherlock’s Mind Palace, February 2014

Botanists Spread the Gospel That Breadfruit Can Be Manna
Science, October 2013

Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal’ Cells, January 2010


Go to Green Bank to listen to the stars
Science News, September 2015

When swimming with manatees, mind the herd
Science News, June 2015

Hunting fossils in England
Science News, January 2014

Evolution World Tour: Jurassic Coast, England
Smithsonian, January 2012


Ranger School Grads Join Long History of Warrior Women
National Geographic News, August 2015

Ten Ancient Stories and the Geological Events That May Have Inspired Them
, April 2014

Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know, September 2011

Hypatia, Ancient Alexandria’s Great Female Scholar, March 2010