I’m a print and web journalist following the intersections of science + environment + food + culture. Here are some things I’ve written.
Fellowship of the Tree Rings | National Geographic News | April 2013
To predict and trace the earth’s climate, New Zealand scientists look at wood.
New Zealand’s War on 30 Million Possums | TheAtlantic.com | March 2013
It sucks to be a possum in New Zealand. Cars swerve to hit you. Guns point toward you. But if you are a possum, brace yourself: it’s about to suck more.
Star Appeal | Wired Magazine | December 2012
How NASA’s stellar stylists turn astronomical data into amazing space images.
LOTR: Old Trees Provide New Insight Into Climate Change | Medill Reports | October 2012
Scientists in the Southern Hemisphere are piecing together the world’s last warming, with the help of some pickled tree rings.
What the Cluck? Introducing the Vegan Egg Yolk | Wired Magazine | September 2012
An improbable globule might solve vegans’ secret cravings—if they aren’t too chicken to try it.
Farmers Seek to Raise Standards for Berries | The New York Times | September 2011
Organic strawberries? Well, not so much. Why the pesticide-free fruit you buy at the store starts out with nasty words like “fumigation,” “toxic chemicals,” and “methyl bromide”—and what’s being done to change it.
Pixar Reinvents Big Hair For Brave | Wired Magazine | June 2012
Q: What does it take to animate the most daring ‘do since Disney’s Tangled? A: Seven years, one top-notch simulator, and a little inspiration from everyone’s favorite redheaded mermaid.
Bushwhacked | California Magazine | February 2012
A UC Berkeley study pits endangered wildlife against human health on the island nation of Madagascar.
Robot Learns to Pick the Sweetest, Ripest Strawberries | Wired Magazine | August 2012
How an army of color-tasting, microwave-shooting bots could pick your fruit field for you.
Last year, the living museum of California’s Jack London State Park was almost shut down by the state.
Beauty and the Pest | California Magazine | September 2011
No chemicals? No problem. Researchers enlist the help of some frilly florals to help keep Sonoma vineyards pest-free.
Photo credit, from top: Garry McLeod, Adithya Sambamurthy, Disney/Pixar, public domain, James Provost, Erik Verduzco, Rachel E. Gross.