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.