Science Communication Graduate Certificate
University of California Santa Cruz

MA Fine Arts
Ohio University

BS Environmental Science
University of Michigan

US Coast Guard Master’s License
Near Coastal, Sail and Power, Towing Endorsement

Honors (select)

2020 Solutions Journalism Network 2020 Mentorship Program
2019 Honorable Misfit Mention Medium SciShortform Best Shortform Science Writing
2019 National Geographic Explorer, Early career storytelling grant recipient
2018 Speaker, Story Collider DC
2017 Official Selection 4 Short Films Beneath The Waves Film Festival
2017 Annual Story Contest Grand Prize Winner Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book
2016 Science Writing Scholar Oceans National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
2016 Speaker Blue Mind: The intersection of ocean conservation and brain science
2016 Seven Summits Award Winner Mountain Film Festival
2016 Ambassador DeLorme
2015 Best Documentary Feature Made in Michigan Film Festival
2014 Jester Award Nominee for the Art of Sailing Solo Ocean Cruising Club
2014 Emerging Filmmaker Finalist BLUE Ocean Film Festival
2012 YouTube Contest Winner BLUE Ocean Film Festival
2011 Featured Speaker TEDx Traverse City

Professional Associations

National Science Writer’s Association
Information access committee
Editorial advisory group

New England Science Writer’s Association

DC Science Writer’s Association

Women Photojournalists of Washington

Cruising Club of America

Ocean Cruising Club

Alpha Gamma Phi


2019-Present Senior Staff Writer Freethink

2012–Present Science Journalist/Radio and Podcast Producer Freelance
Create videos, articles, broadcast pieces, podcasts, and VR installations. Roles include writer, producer, host, camera operator, editor. Publications include Buzzfeed, Scientific American, The Lens, NPR Weekend Edition, Roaring Earth. Ongoing weekly newscast with WERU’s NextWave Radio called The Technoptimist.

2013–Present USCG Master, Managing Owner Mo(A) Expeditions
USCG Captain for sail-training expeditions and co-host, producer of The Morning Muster podcast. Manage controversial issues and crisis situations at sea and implement safety protocols and proven conflict resolution strategies. Hire crew, supervise work, establish goals, monitor expenditures, and utilize media outreach to drive results. Business and website management. Design and implement virtual programming.

2011–Present Producer, Podcast Co-Host Morse Alpha Studios
Podcast producer and co-host for The Morning Muster. Producer and writer for 2015 film One Simple QUESTion. Oversaw communications campaign to achieve desired results, including film screenings and live presentations across the country, DVD sales, and publicity. Established professional partnerships, recruited volunteers, built donor base.

2018–2019 Science Writer and Editor National Human Genome Research Institute
Write articles for NHGRI’s web outreach. Conceptualize, plan, and produce the first series of the upcoming NHGRI podcast

2017–2018 Science and Media News Fellowship PBS NewsHour
Produce broadcast segments and online multimedia content to support PBS’s national news media coverage

2014–2017 Director Hello Ocean
Grant writing and editing, organize and captain ocean research expeditions, develop science communication materials, media outreach. Built strategic partnerships with ocean research, conservation, and engineering organizations.

2016 Communications Intern Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Created videos and wrote articles for MBARI’s web outreach

2017 Radio Journalist Intern 90.3 KAZU NPR for the Monterey Bay
Field recording, writing, and editing audio stories for broadcast

2017 Freelance Contributor/ Intern Inside Science News Service
Pitch, report, and write science news articles.

2002-2016 Instructor and Senior Watch Officer Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

2014–2015 Communications Strategist Conservation Media Group
Launch social media strategy and publish daily web content.