Hi there! I'm a science writer and senior associate editor for climate change at Audubon Magazine. In addition to Audubon, my writing on wildlife and environmental issues has been published by Scientific American, Smithsonian, Hakai, Vice Motherboard, and National Geographic.
I'm part biologist and part writer. As a child I escaped from a chaotic household into the Jersey woods, and there picked up a habit of pausing frequently to observe life around me. I went on to study ecology and evolution at Carleton College in Minnesota. While employed as a technician in a Philadelphia epigenetics lab, I frequently grew bored while waiting for results from DNA and RNA tests. So, I started writing about scientific studies on a blog eventually picked up by Scientific American. I soon left the lab and, after receiving training in science journalism during internships at The Scientist and Nature Medicine, launched a new career.
In addition to stints as a freelance writer and fact-checker for Audubon, Hakai, Discover, Quanta, Wirecutter, and other outlets, I spent three years at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History writing educational articles and advising exhibits on ocean science and climate change. I've now worked at the National Audubon Society telling stories about birds and climate change for more than three years.
In 2020, a 14-page section from the Fall 2019 issue of Audubon Magazine—Start Here! Your Guide to Climate Action—was nominated as a finalist in the service category for the National Magazine Awards: https://www.audubon.org/climate-action-guide
Audubon's new climate report details grave threats to some of our most beloved bird species and the places they need, and steers us toward a path to save them.
How to level up your personal impact and make lasting change in the world.
A new ranching generation is taking cues from historical bison herds to help prairies, wildlife, and their businesses survive the next century.
The Congressman from South Florida has introduced his own carbon tax, a political compromise that aims to reduce emissions on a national scale.
On a remote Alaskan sandbar, under the watchful eye of a devoted scientist for more than four decades, climate change is forcing a colony of seabirds into a real-time race: evolve or go extinct.
The marshes are falling apart. Hope for them—and for the birds and people that call them home—comes with mud, grass, grit, and optimism.
While the internet got a kick out of the latest meme, Mariah Hillman rushed to the scene to save the birds from danger or even death.
The new documentary showcases males' obsessive preparations and strange performances—and the gazes of female birds watching nearby.
The six flavors of junco were long considered separate species. Recent science shows that they instead boldly exhibit evolution in real time.
A new report warns that we're approaching the point of no return—a fact that close observers of nature have known for years.
Famous for impaling their victims, these songbirds first use a special maneuver to break the necks of small rodents.
The species, found in urban areas around the globe, can digest starchy grains—which helps explain its close bond with people and its love of pizza.
By keeping the public in the dark, federal agencies create an environment where inaction is justified.
An official proposal would change the Rock Pigeon's name back to its previous, more dignified moniker. That's a sensational idea.
Today’s great diversity of tree-dwelling birds can be traced back to small ground birds that survived global forest destruction.
The spiderweb of infrastructure at Prudhoe Bay's oilfield will be replicated at the Arctic Refuge if it's opened to drilling—a fact legislators downplay.
Claiming the unprecedented climate accord was designed to hurt American economic interests, President Trump has pulled the U.S. from the global pact to fight climate change.
A federal court has ruled that two bearded seal populations are threatened—not because they're in decline, but because their habitat is disappearing.
The celebrated MPA in Antarctica’s Ross Sea was carved around fishing interests, scientists warn.
The seawalls that fortify our coasts against rising seas also degrade bird habitat. But there are few good solutions unless people retreat inland.
Some geologists believe we’ve entered a new era. Now they have to search for the rocks that prove it.
In the Australian outback, researchers are pitting small endangered marsupials against feral cats to see if they can force evolution's hand.
Fixing climate change isn’t the only thing we can do to help the reef recover.
Move over, scientists. Intrepid seals and whales are collecting data where humans can't reach.
How will Japan's new volcanic island turn green?
Far below the ocean floor, scientists have discovered a microbial community away from undersea vents, beyond the reach of the sun.