I've always loved the scientific processes that covertly shape the world around us—from the formation of sand to the dual frozen and fizzy nature of Slurpees.

As a graduate student, I won numerous awards for my research, including an NSF graduate research fellowship. I traveled the world for research, spending several months in Antarctica and multiple field seasons in Alaska. I was well on my way to becoming an academic.

Despite my love for science, I realized that the research life wasn't for me. The part of science that I loved the most was communication: blogging about field research, presenting posters, giving conference talks, working with kids, and more.

I finished my PhD in the Spring of 2015 and that same year was selected a AAAS mass media fellow. I spent the summer working as a reporter at National Geographic—and I've never looked back. I spent almost 3 years as a contributing assistant editor for the Science and Innovation sections of Smithsonian.com. But now I'm back at National Geographic to write about all the wondrous science that surrounds us.


 Getting ready to go to sleep in my snow trench I dug during survival training in Antarctica.

Getting ready to go to sleep in my snow trench I dug during survival training in Antarctica.