science journalism
‘OK,’ ‘Sheeple’ Says Scrabble, Which Added 300 New Words to Official Dictionary.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
This 127-Million-Year-Old Fossil Links Dinosaur and Bird Evolution.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Newly Discovered Letter Catches Galileo in a 400-Year-Old Lie.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
All-Female Termite Colonies Reproduce Without Male Input.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Giant Panda Mating Calls Say a Lot About Them.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Reopen Without Molten Lava or Lava Glow.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Mosquitoes Are Passing Microplastics Up the Food Chain.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Real Planet Discovered Where Vulcan Home World in ‘Star Trek’ Is Set.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
How DNA Testing Could Bring Down Ivory Trade’s Biggest Criminals.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
What Was “Eye Cream” Doing in a 2,200-Year-Old Tomb in West Turkey?Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
New Species of Translucent, Gelatinous Fish Discovered in the Deep Sea.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Wind and Solar Farms Could Bring the Rains Down in Africa.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Decades After Being Passed Over for a Nobel, Jocelyn Bell Burnell Gets Her Due.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
The Mysterious Origins of the Smallpox Vaccine.” Smithsonian.com, September 2018.
Pregnant Male Pipefish are the Sea’s Swaggery Swingers.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
For Men, Gains in the Gym May Come at a Cost to Sperm.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Like Humans, Some Birds Blush to Communicate.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Newly Discovered Turtle Ancestors Chomped With Beaks But Bore No Shells.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
In the Quest for Universal Blood, Go With Your Gut.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Do Not Fear the Drones Air-Dropping 50,000 Mosquitoes From Above.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Oldest Cheese Ever Found in Egyptian Tomb.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Museum Curators Reflect on the Legacy of the Queen of Soul.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
See Shells of Sea Spuds on the Seashore.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Cancer Is One Worry Elephants Can Feel Free to Forget.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
A Macaw Breeding Center Supplied Prehistoric Americans With Prized Plumage.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
The National Zoo’s Beloved, Aging Emu Has Died.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Behind the Scenes With the Spacecraft That Will Soar Through the Sun’s Atmosphere.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
What the Fox Genome Tells Us About Domestication.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Why This Year’s Perseid Meteor Shower Promises to Be Especially Dazzling.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Zebra Finches Dream a Little Dream of Melody.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Four Foals Join the Herd of Przewalski’s Horses at the Smithsonian.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Koalas Use Ancient Viral DNA to Neutralize New Invaders.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Popcorn-Powered Robots? Get ’Em While They’re Hot!Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
The Real Science Behind the Megalodon.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Death Valley Scorches Its Own Record for the Hottest Month in History.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
Lemurs Smear Bugs on Their Privates to Ward Off Infection.” Smithsonian.com, August 2018.
How Dad’s Genes Can Prepare Mom for Parenthood.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
At Nearly Four Months Old, the Zoo’s Youngest Gorilla Has Begun to Show His Rambunctious Roots.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
To Pinpoint the Origin of a Fish, Check Out Its Physique.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Dads Pass On More Than Genetics in Their Sperm.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Compelling Evidence Suggests There’s a Liquid Lake Beneath Mars’ Surface.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
A Jamestown Skeleton is Unearthed, but Only Time—and Science—will Reveal His True Identity.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Why the Most Helpful Dogs Keep Calm and Carry On.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
New Research Suggests Dr. Seuss Modeled the Lorax on This Real-Life Monkey.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
It's Not Without Caws That Crows Desecrate Their Dead.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Combing Through the Fishy Origins of Human Hair.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Both Mice and Men Struggle to Abandon Their Best-Laid Plans.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Homecoming King: The Nation’s T. rex Returns to the Smithsonian.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
How Fruit Flies Stay Young at Heart.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
This is Your Brain on Fatherhood.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: How tomato plants cause cannibalism.” Science in the News, July 2018.
A Never-Before-Seen Virus Has Been Detected in Myanmar’s Bats.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Ask SITN: Why don’t sheep shrink in the rain?Science in the News, July 2018.
Giant Panda Mei Xiang Will Not Give Birth.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
National Zoo Reports Death of Infant Golden Lion Tamarin.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge.” Smithsonian.com, July 2018.
The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
Why Bioluminescence Evolved to be Red Light, and Blue.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
It's Pooches vs. Poachers in the Fight Against Wildlife Smugglers.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
Like Birds, Some Bats Warble to Woo Their Mates.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better.” Smithsonian.com, June 2018.
Ask SITN: If you were able to talk on another planet, how would you sound?Science in the News, May 2018.
Ask SITN: How are pets different from wild animals? Science in the News, May 2018.
Biomes, They are A-Changin’.” I Contain Multitudes, Tangled Bank Studios, HHMI. Medium, Apr. 2018.
Ask SITN: What’s the deal with gluten?Science in the News, Apr. 2018.
The Power of Poo.” I Contain Multitudes, Tangled Bank Studios, HHMI. Medium, Mar. 2018.
Baby, It’s Dirty Outside.” I Contain Multitudes, Tangled Bank Studios, HHMI. Medium, Mar. 2018.
Me, Myself, and a Hundred Trillion.” I Contain Multitudes, Tangled Bank Studios, HHMI. Medium, Dec. 2017.
Immunotherapy, with a side of poo.” Science in the News, Dec. 2017.
A Taste of Our Own Medicine.” I Contain Multitudes, Tangled Bank Studios, HHMI. Medium, Nov. 2017.
Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?” Originally published in The Conversation, republished in The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, Salon, and more, Oct. 2017.
Dances with Chatbots: Interviews at the forefront of AI technology.” Science in the News, Aug. 2017.
Why Can’t Scientists Talk Like Regular Humans?Scientific American, May 2017.
How to Be a Socially Conscious Scientist.” Science in the News, Apr. 2017.
Love, Actually: the science behind lust, attraction, and companionship.” Science in the News, Feb. 2017.
Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity.” Science in the News, Oct. 2016.
’I’m XY and I Know It’: Sex Determination Systems 101.” Science in the News, Aug. 2016.
We are Not as Alone as We Think.” Hippo Reads, Aug. 2015.
Hold the Phone: Technology’s Role in Combating Infectious Disease.” Science in the News, Jun. 2015.
Top Science Reads for Summer: On Immortality, Mortality, Germs and Justice.” Hippo Reads, May 2015.

creative writing
Simple Math.” Leland Quarterly, Nov. 2011.