Hi. I’m the science editor at BuzzFeed News. Since joining BuzzFeed in January 2015, I’ve had the privilege of hiring, editing, and managing amazingly talented journalists focused on scoops, investigations, and the darker side of science. (We’ve had some fun, too.)
Before that, I was an independent journalist specializing in genetics, neuroscience, and medicine. I was a contributing editor at Popular Science and Matter (RIP), and my blog, Only Human, was published by National Geographic. My writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Slate, and twice in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. I’ve also done a few radio spots, silly videos, and geeky animations.
A long time ago, I was the community manager of ScienceBlogs and interned for Discover Magazine, Seed Magazine, and NPR’s science desk. Before that I worked as a human-subject wrangler in a virtual reality lab, a shelf monkey at a science library, and a golf-cart rider for the Calhoun County Fair Office.
I studied neuroscience at Brown and science writing at Johns Hopkins. My Brown degree was not, as is commonly assumed, made of hemp.