Undark Magazine // The Virus Hunters

My [latest feature] follows an intrepid group of researchers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they trace the ecology of potentially dangerous viruses among different animal populations. From bat caves to bonobo sanctuaries to hospitals, the team is working to understand virus distributions and prevent spillover events that could lead to a pandemic. But in a notoriously under-resourced country like the DRC, the challenges - both scientific and logistical - often seem insurmountable.

In coordination with the release of this article, I participated in a [Reddit Ask Me Anything] and was interviewed for the [Undark podcast], hosted by former NYT Science Times editor David Corcoran

Discover Magazine // Contributing Writer

At Discover Magazine, I wrote weekly articles about the science that is pushing the boundaries of biology, from the deep sea to outer space to the brave new world of synthetic biology.

WIRED Magazine // Contributing Writer

From 2012 to 2015, the Extremo Files was a part of the WIRED Science Blogs network. Approximately 200 articles covered a range of subjects, focusing on microbial life, space science, science diplomacy, and exploration.

Falling Walls // Falling Walls Fragments

Since 2013, I have served as a contributor to Falling Walls Fragments, the journalistic arm of "The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society." My associated work can be found [here].

Synbiobeta // special series on DNA Synthesis

The confluence of affordable sequencing, DNA synthesis, and increasingly complex synthetic biological techniques is re-shaping applied microbiology. This series checks in on several of the companies leading the charge as they build the future of industrial production and basic research.

Martian diaries // Exclusive access inside Mars Science Laboratory Mission Control

For the first few months of the Mars Science Laboratory mission's primary phase, I was granted exclusive access to mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I worked alongside the science team to describe the mission planning process and share some initial results. A selection of the fourteen resulting articles is provided below, but all can be found [here].

The New York Times // Green, Inc. // Environmental Reporting Around the World

Environmental, economic, political, and social interests are converging rapidly as hydrocarbon production expands among nontraditional players and alternative energies become cost-competitive, fueled by technological ingenuity and local, off-the-grid needs. This extended series for The New York Times offers a sense of how this multi-pronged dynamic is affecting communities around the world. A selection is provided below, but all articles can be found [here].

Selected Other Projects

Selections from my work have been taught in science writing courses at Michigan State University, Western Washington University, and the University of Maryland.