Freelance Journalist

Baltimore, Maryland


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

Scientists Using a New Tool to Trace Fish Populations

All you need is a bottle of river water to "see" spawning fish.
WYPR 88.1FM Link to Story

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

Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land

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

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

The Best Way to Reduce Research Bias Is Hiding in Plain View

Blinding, a classic scientific tool to prevent bias, isn't as common as it ought to be.
Nautilus 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

Todd Pierce: The Horse Preacher

Cowboy preacher Todd Pierce can tame a wild horse while delivering a sermon, among other talents.
Only A Game, NPR 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

Blood Quantum

Dwindling bloodlines: Tribal membership systems threaten future of Native Americans.
High Country News Link to Story


I am a freelance journalist with more than a decade of experience reporting for newspapers, magazines, and public radio. As former senior editor of the alternative weekly Baltimore City Paper, I've covered everything from politics to art. In other capacities, I've reported from settings ranging from a remote Indian reservation in northeastern Montana to a bug zoo in Japan. I graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I focused on science and environmental reporting.



  • Fluent in Spanish