In my junior year of college, I received a grant to work in a prestigious lab. I was finally achieving my childhood goal of becoming a scientist—or so I thought. The lab studied how rising temperatures affected intertidal organisms, including mussels, starfish and snails. Soon, however, I realized how the research was conducted: every morning, I placed snails into a giant oven and baked them to their deaths.
Sometime during my summer of snail mass murder, I decided that research wasn’t my calling. Later, while presenting my research at a conference, I realized that I enjoyed sharing my findings more than conducting the research itself. After listening to a talk by Carl Zimmer and attending a few science communication workshops, I was sold. I had found my true calling: science journalism.
I am a recent graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program, one of the country's most competitive journalism programs. My work has been published in outlets including Science, Mongabay, Eos and the San Jose Mercury News
I currently am a science writing intern at Yale School of Medicine. I have previously held positions at Stanford News and Good Times, as well as helped manage social media at the NASA Ames Research Center.