Selected Writing

I always had two paths in mind: When I was 8 I wrote on a school assignment, “When I grow up, I want to be a scientist. When I grow up more, I want to be a writer.”

That’s exactly what I did, graduating with a BS in Geology from Syracuse University, and then working as an environmental geologist. Later, I pursued writing. I wrote a food column and covered regional transportation issues for my local alt-weekly, and went on to write about air pollution, health, and other science topics early in my career. That led me to reporting on the environmental and human health impacts of consumer products , especially fashion, for the website I founded, My book, the Eco Chick Guide to Life, was based on the award-winning site.

After working as a writer and editor for 7 years (including a stint writing screenplays for HBO and CBS—on Mars and the power grid, respectively), I joined Columbia University’s Master of Fine Arts program for nonfiction writing, from which I graduated in 2011.

I’m now a full-time freelance science writer for magazines, and I work on social media projects for sustainability nonprofits. I also write fiction and memoir. Below are some of my more recent selected writings.

Geology & Earth Sciences

In Utah, Industry Pounces on What Were, Not Long Ago, Our Public Lands for the NRDC

Your Climate Change Survival Plan for Medium

Ancient Shipwrecks are a Treasure Trove of Climate Data for Gizmodo (Earther) 1/18

California’s Wildfires Could Be the New Normal for Vice

Make Antarctica Green Again? for Vice

Humans Produce So Much Junk, We’re Creating a New Geologic Layer for Slate 7/17

How does Dead Sea salt form those giant cubes? for From the Grapevine 9/14

Space & Mars

What Stratospheric Life Teaches Us About Extremophiles: NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine

Panspermia: Sharing Life with Planets Next Door: for NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine

Institute of Planetary Research: NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine

Search for Water on Mars Gets Water-Enhanced Boost: NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine

The Gloves We’ll Wear on Mars for Medium 6/18

How Ancient Star Maps Gave Rise to Modern Astronomy for Gizmodo 9/17

What Kind of Suits Do Astronauts Need to Survive on the Red Planet? for Newsweek 7/17

When we go to Mars, how will we protect space life from us? for Mental Floss



How coastal beavers are helping the salmon recovery in Washington for National Geographic

Meet the shape-shifting baby amphibians that become cannibals for Nat Geo

How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer

for National Geographic

What Happens to Fish After a Wildfire? for Hakai Magazine

How IVF Might Bring Coral Back to the Florida Keys for The Daily Beast

Tigers and Polar Bears Get Nothing from Capitalism for Gizmodo (Earther)

The Real Bat Cave That’s Even More Fantastic Than Batman’s for CNN Travel

Bats Work in Teams! Findings from the Bat Lab for From the Grapevine



The Future of Seattle’s Ferries is Electric for the NRDC

In Washington, a Coal-Fired Power Plant Will Put Its Money on the Sun for the NRDC

How AI Can Help Addicts Stay Sober for The Daily Beast

Technology Unlocks the Mysteries of Bird Flight for Scientific American



AI Can Predict Kidney Failure Days in Advance for Scientific American

What makes women strong?  Medium

Can 3-D Printing Produce Lung and Liver Tissue for Transplants? Scientific American

How Fake Science Saved Lives for Gizmodo

Fascinatingly Filthy, How Bad Science Saved Lives in Victorian London for Mental Floss

5 Promising Male Birth Control Methods for Mental Floss

How the Media Got Pranked Over Chocolate for

Researchers Make New Inroads to Cure the Flu for From the Grapevine

Do You Share Genes with Friends? It’s Likely for The Curious


Environment & Resources

The Warning Lights Are Flashing for California’s Once-Glorious Salton Sea for the NRDC 8/18

Bacteria Floating 30,000 Feet Overhead Could Be Influencing the Weather for Earther

Could feeding seaweed to cows help save the climate? for Mental Floss

You Might Be Eating Plastic and Fibers with Your Fish for Mental Floss

From Plant to Cup: A Green Tea Photoessay for

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet, on a Global Scale for From the Grapevine


Women and the Law

The Lifelong Consequences of Rape for Pacific Standard

Killing Your Husband to Save Yourself for Pacific Standard

Beyond Roe v. Wade: Five Other Standout Cases That Defined Abortion Rights for Vice (Broadly)


Architecture, Art, & Design 

Listen to the Haunting Sounds of Antarctica’s Disintegrating Ice Sheets for Earther (Gizmodo Media Group)

The Fourth Dimension for Labocine (science film archive)

Where were the Usual Suspects in “Making a Murderer?” for Pacific Standard

Game Changers, 2015: Liam Casey for Metropolis magazine

Q&A: Paul Hawken for Metropolis magazine

All Natural (Mushroom-derived furniture) for Metropolis magazine

Ask the Experts: Garden Design (urban gardener Kari Elwell-Katzander) for New York magazine

Design vs. Art for Metropolis online


Travel & Culture 

Why Vacations Matter for Your Health for CNN Travel

How the World is Changing for Autistic Travelers for CNN Travel

Why You Should Travel to See an Aurora and How to Do It for Lifehacker

Escape Rooms: Why People Flock to These “Tourist Traps” for CNN Travel

The Real Bat Cave That’s Even More Fantastic Than Batman’s for CNN Travel

Obama Designates First Atlantic Ocean National Monument for Conde Nast Traveler

How to Feel Like You Went on Vacation by Meditating for Conde Nast Traveler

Why You Should Roadtrip Through Mexico for Conde Nast Traveler

Looming Large: Beautiful Textiles Around the World for Conde Nast Traveler

How to Travel Well When You Have a 9-5 Job for

7 Cultural Concepts We Don’t Have in the U.S. for

Suzou: Everything You Want From a Visit to China for

Eco Chic Guide to Mexico City for Coco Eco magazine


Food & Drink

What’s a Balmain Bug, and Why Do Australians Love Them? for Saveur

Why Olympians Love a High-Fat Diet (Take It with a Grain of Salt) for The Daily Beast

Italy’s Free Coffee Tradition and Other Acts of Kindness for Conde Nast Traveler


The Great Outdoors

How, and Why, to Try Running Totally Barefoot for Lifehacker

Swimming with Whale Sharks for

Giant Trees and Waterfalls in Olympic National Park for (includes original photography)

The Hot List (best US hot springs destinations) for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

Hiking the Napali Coast of Kauaii for the Huffington Post


Smart Consumption

From Roots to Rack feature article on botanical dying for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

It’s all the Jeans article on Raleigh Denim jeans for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

Overwhelmed? Author Brigid Schulte Explains Our Cult of Busyness for

The Minimalists Share Their Journey to a Simpler Life for

How Often Do You Really Need to Shower? for (linked to from partner site


Memoir & Essay 

Escape from the USA for Medium

American Literary Review: “Icewalkers” (Second Place in the ALR’s annual competition)

Marie Claire: Dating as a Childfree Woman

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