About

I’m a freelance journalist based in Toronto. Take a look around and you’ll find articles about science, the environment and medicine–as well as stories about world-champion Scrabble players, the only biologist employed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the elusive American eel. Many of my recent stories have covered Canadian science policy and funding.

My writing has appeared in a number of magazines, newspapers and websites, including NatureNew ScientistDiscoverSeed, Wired, Canadian Geographic, Globe and Mail, Toronto StarMontreal Gazette, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (see the full list to the right). I have also written for YES Magazine (a kids’ science magazine) and previously contributed to Free Radicals, a weekly radio program broadcast on CKUT, in Montreal. If I’m in the field, I take photographs for my stories. My photos have been published in PLoS, The Gazette, montrealgazette.com, and Nature. 

In addition to all this, I served on the board of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association from 2007 to 2012, and have mentored students in science writing at McGill University. I deliver talks on careers in science writing and on better science communication.

How did I get here? I earned a Master’s degree in Biology from McGill University studying the renal and bone phenotypes of the NPT2 knockout mouse. During my undergrad, I studied X-inactivation in children with Aicardi Syndrome. Research was fulfilling, but I opted for a career swap and went back to school. In 2002, I graduated from Boston University with a Master’s in Science and Medical Journalism.

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