I’m a freelance science writer and editor specializing in biology, health and medicine, and science policy. My work has appeared in Nature, The Guardian, Scientific American, BBC Future, Psychology Today, and other publications. I’m also a contributing editor at The Scientist. I’ve spent time on staff as news editor at The Scientist and as a biomedical reporter at Nature. I have a special fondness for stories that reflect the complexities of how scientists go about their work. There, I said it: I love writing about research methods, in the field and in the lab. In addition to my journalistic work, I also take on writing, research and editing projects for foundations and other types of non-media clients.
In a past life, I did my doctorate on mammalian brain development — rat whiskers, to be specific — at the University of Oxford. I was reborn as a science writer with the help of the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I live in western Massachusetts with my furniture-making husband and my mischief-making son. I’m a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Healthcare Journalists.