EDUCATION: Northern Arizona University

  • Bachelor’s of science in journalism, emphasis in environmental communication
  • Bachelor’s of science, double major in astronomy and physics


Discover magazine-

Milwaukee, WI

Position held: Associate Editor                                            (March) 2016 – Present

I write and edit features for the best science magazine in the known universe.



Astronomy magazine (Discover‘s sister magazine)-

Milwaukee, WI

Position held: Associate Editor                                                                   2014 – 2016

I write and edit news and science features for the world’s best selling astronomy magazine.


Arizona Daily Sun-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: Senior reporter – Science/Environment/County beats Mar. 2011 – 2014

Covered the environment, science and county beats in one of the most science-friendly communities in the west. I also helped manage the Sun’s online presence.

  • Bylined over 1,300 stories, including long features and quick web updates, on the way to establishing myself as the most-read name in local news

  • Promoted to the environment, science and Coconino County beat. The second largest county in the lower 48 states presents a special challenge to a reporter, as it covers a huge stretch of tribal and federal lands, including Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Flagstaff is an astronomy town, which requires regular coverage of local research institutions like Lowell Observatory, U.S. Naval Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Arizona University and others

Position held: Staff writer, Mountain Living Magazine

  • As a staff writer for Mountain Living, a monthly magazine owned by the Daily Sun, I regularly contributed feature-length stories about science, arts, culture and the outdoors.

Freelance writer-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: Science and environmental reporter Fall 2010 – Fall 2011

Contracted to write for the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, Inside Science News Service, Backpacker Magazine’s Grand Canyon Journal andthe Arizona Daily Sun

  • My breaking science news stories were published by MSNBC, ABC, FOXNews, the New Scientist and many others

  • Worked with editors to produce feature-length magazine stories

  • Crafted myself into a personal brand by designing and maintaining my own website, developing a Twitter presence and being responsive to readers and editors

American Physical Society-

College Park, MD

Position held: Science writing intern Summer 2010

Posted short, daily science articles for the Physics Buzz Blog; wrote regular science and environmental news stories for the Inside Science News Service and covered news in the physics community for APS

  • Increased blog readership from 10,000 visitors per month to 100,000 using new media strategies that included regular posts on Reddit, Slashdot, Fark and Digg.

  • The breaking news and investigative articles I produced for ISNS were syndicated to major outlets like, the Knoxville News Sentinel, and others

  • Discovered my voice as a writer and developed the instincts to conduct better interviews

  • Taught myself to use microphones, audio and video equipment and editing software to produce compelling multimedia stories and podcasts

National Aeronautics and Space Administration-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: NASA Space Grant Science Writing Apprentice Aug. 2009 – May 2010

Wrote science and environmental feature articles of importance to the dynamic Flagstaff, Ariz. community and then presented the experience to other interns at a NASA conference in Tucson

  • Developed and utilized sources within the Flagstaff community

  • Created my own story-ideas, pitched them to the managing editor and worked independently to craft each piece

  • One of two NASA Spacegrant students at my university to ever win the award twice

United States Geological Survey-

Flagstaff, AZ

Position held: Independent Contractor researching Martian climate Sept. 2006 – May 2010

I was quickly hired on as a student contractor after volunteering as a research assistant. The position grew into a full-time job after my study of Mars’ South Polar Residual Cap yielded insights about the planet’s climatological history.

  • Learned to read scholarly articles on unfamiliar topics and then translate into understandable info

  • Over the course of nearly four years of running computer analysis on high resolution satellite images, I was able to show that there is far less carbon dioxide ice than previously thought

  • Presented my research in talks and posters at astronomy conferences

  • Had my research findings published and was offered a graduate position, which I declined in order to pursue journalism


iPhone/iPad and journalism apps fluency, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, BLOX CMS, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, GarageBand, Mac OS X, Linux/UNIX, Windows, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, many more


DSLR photo and editing, website and content design, creation, SEO optimization, multimedia slideshows, audio and video recording and editing, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Drive, ScribbleLive


  • Lee Enterprises Inc. (Daily Sun corporate ownership) training on Twitter, mobile devices, advanced CMS, online breaking news protocol, ScribbleLive

  • Attended the 2010 Knight-Batten Symposium at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. sponsored by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. Topics covered by new media experts such as David Carr of the New York Times included tactics for community and audience engagement, crowd-sourcing, using web resources to hold government officials accountable, and the future of local journalism.

  • Winner of the Northern Arizona University and Grand Prize 2010 Water Resource Research Center undergraduate writing contest.

  • Spent winter break of 2008 in Costa Rica researching the unintended impacts of ecotourism for a semester long university writing project.

  • Received a travel grant from Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, to travel from Arizona to FermiLab and cover the organization’s quadrennial congress.