I am a recent graduate of the science writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Before turning to writing, I used the geologic record to answer questions about what life was like millions of years in the past. I am most interested in the history of life and the major catastrophes it has faced in the past and may face in the future.
I received an undergraduate degree in geosciences from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. In addition to describing a new fossil species with my advisor there, I also ran the Skidmore Outing Club, where I led many trips into the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. After graduating, I travelled to Ranomafana, Madagascar as teaching assistant on a study abroad program run by Stony Brook University. Before jumping back into academia, I spent two seasons running the Bridger Gondola at the Jackson Hole Mountain resort where I tele-skied the best terrain in the lower 48. After this I received a masters in Geological Sciences from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where I studied one of the most catastrophic events in the history of life – the end-Triassic Mass Extinction.
I currently work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory writing educational material about Space, climate change, the environment, and weather for elementary to middle school aged children.
- Elements: Phosphorus and Sulfur
- Animal: Brown Mouse Lemur
- Geologic Age: Hettangian
- Planetary Body: Titan