I'm a science writing grad student with a cognitive science background, but sharing the stories behind new discoveries excites me most.
I’ve always loved scavenger hunts. As a kid, I’d plant slips of paper throughout the house leading to a prize—or just to my hiding place, where I’d pop out and startle my unsuspecting hunter.
College felt a bit like a scavenger hunt for the right career, with cryptic clues hidden in textbooks and lectures. They diverted me from my English major and led me into the lab. But clues to my future were muffled by noisy EEG channels and a humming fMRI machine.
During my Americorps service at a Virginia state park, I designed a scavenger hunt to trick vacationing kids into learning about ecology. I loved organizing knowledge into a suspenseful journey. Now, by writing about science, I can map a route through complex research, leading my reader to something intriguing and unexpected.