I am a science writer at the University of California, Berkeley, where I write about engineering, the environment, and public health for Berkeley News. I got my start in science writing as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow working at the NPR science desk, and went on to work as a science communicator for Brookhaven National Lab and Duke University. I hold a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT.

I love storytelling in all forms, and am as likely to be found with my nose in a novel as I am scrolling the latest science news. 

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Duke’s biggest, oldest laboratory—past, present and future

Daniel Richter, usually soft-spoken, becomes animated when talking about the history of the soil that lies beneath our feet. For more than 30 years, Richter has studied the interactions between young Piedmont forests and the soils that sustain them. Though he now conducts most of his research at the Clemson Experimental Forest in South Carolina—a location whose history and ecology parallels that of the Duke Forest—his studies are “built directly on the work of Coile, Korstian, Peet and Christ
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Is wildfire management ‘for the birds’?

Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk of large and destructive wildfires in the region, these iconic animals face the real threat of losing even more of their forest habitat. Rather than attempting to preserve the owl’s remaining habitat exactly as is, wildfire management — through prescribed burning and restoration thinning — could help save the species, argues a new paper.
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Deportation worries fuel anxiety, poor sleep, among U.S.-born Latinx youth

The rise of anti-immigration rhetoric and policies in the United States following the 2016 presidential election may be taking its toll on the health of California’s Latinx youth, including those who are U.S. citizens, suggests a new study led by University of California, Berkeley, researchers.
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