I’m a lapsed biologist, who now writes about the Arctic, global change and conservation. But, over the years, I’ve covered a wide range of stories, from the only biologist employed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the elusive American eel to Montreal’s world-champion Scrabble players.
I’m currently an editor at The Conversation Canada and a contributing editor at Spectrum. I was the founding editor of Arctic Deeply, a co-founder of Bracing for Impact and a contributor to The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything you Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age. My writing also appears in The Atlantic, bioGraphic, Science, Nature, Wired, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette and NOVA Next.
In addition to all this, I served on the board of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association from 2007 to 2012 and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Science Media Centre of Canada. I am an active board member for Science Borealis. I have mentored students in science writing at McGill University and 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. I also did some work on the blood clotting Factor IX gene. Research was fulfilling, but I opted for a career swap and went back to school. I earned a Master’s degree in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University and completed internships at Nature in Washington, D.C. and at Discover in New York City.