Welcome to my website!
I’m a 2nd-year graduate student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication. I am focusing my studies on communicating environmental issues and medicine, but my research interests include how humor can be used in science communication. In the fall, I will be a first-time teaching assistant for LSC 100: Science & Storytelling. I am excited for this course for several reason, but mainly because the text for this class, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, is one of the main reasons I’ve chosen to pursue a career in science writing. (Other inspirations include Carl Sagan and Mary Roach.)
I am also the incoming treasurer for the UW’s Center for Culture, History & Environment, a group of campus faculty, staff, and graduate students whose interest in environmental studies brings them together from many different academic backgrounds.
I am a science writer. I decided to pursue this career years ago when I worked briefly at the Aquarium of The Bay in San Francisco. At that time, I was a journalist by training, but had no experience or interest in science. Working this job (and simultaneously reading Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World) opened my eyes to the world of research and discovery. I loved studying the animals there and my curiosity was always rewarded. What started off as just a way to make money truly became a life-changing experience.
I am also a stand-up comedian. I have performed for the last 4 years throughout southern Wisconsin — mainly in the Madison area — and northern Illinois and am looking to expand my geography. Humor is a vey important means of communication to me and one I feel has the potential to bring people together in an increasingly divided social climate.
When I’m not doing these things, I’m hanging out with my partner and our puppy Toby, who is undeniably a very good boy.
Thank you and I hope you enjoy reading through my website!