Freelance Writer and Editor

Baltimore, Maryland


An Abnormal Burden

The antelope-head soup incident is the only time I remember someone forcing me to eat.
Mutha Magazine Link to Story

Why does Japanese culture revere insects?

In Japan, beetles are pets and grasshoppers a delicacy. What's our problem in the West?

What Should Grow in a Vacant Lot?

A research project in Baltimore is using wildflowers—and lots of data—to investigate urban ecosystems.
The Atlantic Link to Story

Translating "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

The book's delight in wordplay and cultural parodies makes it a torment for translators.
Smithsonian Link to Story

Curation Conservation

Feral cats can jump as high as six feet. Juvenile mice can fit through a hole smaller than an aspirin tablet. Stoats move so quickly they can scale an electric fence between high voltage pulses and land on the other side unscathed. We have learned these things by trying to fence these animals out.
New England Review Link to Story

Lights Out

Prospects are dimming for the rare Bethany Beach firefly.
Chesapeake Bay Magazine Link to Story

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Giant Floating Bog?

A floating bog the size of 64 tennis courts is menacing the residents of Crow Wing County, Minnesota.
Atlas Obscura Link to Story

The End Is Nigh for Minnesota’s Rogue Bog

The wild beast of North Long Lake has been tamed. Or, more accurately, dismembered.
Atlas Obscura Link to Story

Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land

Japan's beetle kingdom tries to recover from the nuclear disaster.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story

Going Native

A prairie is usually an expanse of undulating grass, but my prairie was too small to undulate.
The Fourth River Link to Story

Too Much Bull

An industry obsessed with breeding bigger, nastier bulls is putting children in harm's way.
SB Nation Link to Story

Panama Canal: Superhighway for Invasive Species?

The expansion of the Panama Canal may bring a new wave of invasives to the Gulf and East Coasts.
National Geographic Link to Story


I am a freelance writer and editor with more than a decade of experience reporting for newspapers, magazines, and public radio. I've reported from remote tribal lands in northeastern Montana, a bug zoo in Japan, and the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. I graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I focused on science and environmental reporting.



  • Fluent in Spanish