I grew up catching rattlesnakes and chasing lizards in Southern California. Before studying ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, I worked through community college as a painter, an entomology lab intern, and an animal caretaker. I wore a few other hats (and a mask, during my five-year stint as a monster actor) before following my interest in animal behavior to Santa Cruz, where I quickly developed a passion for journalism and enrolled in the UCSC Science Communication Program.
My work has been published through Mongabay, Science, Hilltromper, the NASA Visualization Explorer app, the American Geophysical Union, the Monterey County Herald, Santa Cruz’s Good Times Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. My interests range from life sciences and education to the intersections of science and ethics. Next to writing, I adore telling stories through informal speeches. When I’m not writing, I’m either hiking, riding motorcycles, or getting strangled in a Brazilian jiu jitsu academy.