I am a freelance science and travel journalist based on Hawaii Island where I live with my husband, Chase, and our puppies Spatula and Remoulade ("Remi").
I've written hundreds of articles for online and print editorial publications including National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic News, National Geographic Books, Honolulu Magazine, Hana Hou! (the inflight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines), HAWAII Magazine, The Telegraph (London), Eater, U.S. News & World Report, The Wirecutter, and COSMOS Magazine in Sydney, Australia. I've also contributed reporting for articles that have appeared in the New York Times, and produced radio pieces as a production assistant for NPR/PRI's Living on Earth. You'll find most of my bylined work archived on Contently, with highlights on this site.
In addition to exploring the oceans and volcanoes of my resident archipelago, I've watched tribal ceremonies in the remote jungles of northern Cambodia, searched for orangutans in Sabah, fished for pirañas amid pods of pink river dolphins in the Ecuadorian Amazon, swam with Great White Sharks off Cape Town, have found myself stranded in both the Namib and Omani deserts (whoops), took the scariest cab ride of my life in San Pedro Sula, and have run screaming into the Arctic Ocean. I've visited more than 40 countries and am a certified PADI Divemaster—I've been scuba diving off five continents.
Before transitioning to journalism, I was a field scientist. I studied invasive species in Michigan's Great Lakes, spent two and a half years living aboard commercial fishing boats in New England as a marine fisheries observer and trekked through the tundra in northern Alaska to study the changing permafrost. I was also the Science Outreach Specialist for COMPASS, based in Washington, D.C., where I helped scientists to connect and engage effectively with the media and policymakers.
Our planet is an intricate, fascinating and crazy place filled with remarkable natural phenomena and people. There is much left to learn. So, let's do it.