Before I joined Chemical & Engineering News, I was an editorial fellow at Nature, a Kaiser Fellow at The Charlotte Observer, and a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Chicago Tribune. I have a PhD in environmental geoscience from the University of Notre Dame, where I studied the structural chemistry of uranium and other actinide elements.

When I’m not writing about science, I’m helping other writers tell their stories in the best ways possible, whether that’s through custom visualizations or detailed database reporting. I love experimenting with new storytelling concepts.

Check out some of my work below.

Digital Projects

ACS Chemoji

Mobile App: Chemoji

ACS Chemoji is here! Chemoji is emoji for chemists. The American Chemical Society launched an app in August to help chemists communicate visually on social media.


C&EN's T12

Quiz: Meet The T12

Quizmaster Jessica Morrison gives a glimpse into the lives of C&EN's Talented 12 when they’re not in the lab. Can you guess which little-known fact belongs to each person?


Tracking Fracking

Newsapp: Frack Map

Some states require fracking chemical disclosure to FracFocus, others require submission to a state agency, and nearly all allow a measure of trade-secret protection.



Chemical & Engineering News

Building Lighter, Faster Military Aircraft ($)

Nuclear Waste Has A Long History of Confusing Definitions ($)

What's That Stuff?: Nitro Cold Brew

Privatizing Nuclear Waste Storage ($)

Matt Kanan: The Renewable Energy Reaper

Karen Havenstrite: The Soothe Seer

Fracking Study Yields Mixed Results ($)

Wet Wipes Clog Sewer Systems

C&EN Talks With Michael Meador

ACS Scholar Christina Fields-Zinna

Uneven State Rules And Trade Secrets Fuel Fracking Debate ($)

Obama’s Proposed R&D Budget Would Give Science A Boost ($)

Septic System Forensics ($)

EPA Proposes To Revise Regulation Of Oil Spill Dispersants ($)

Congressional Outlook 2015 ($)

Tainted Drinking Water in West Virginia

Clearing Up Muddy Waters ($)

Oversight For Synthetic Biology ($)

C&EN Talks With Shaughnessy Naughton ($)

Counterattacking The Wild Pig Invasion With Bacon Preservative Sodium Nitrite

National Geographic

7 Biggest Earthquakes in California History—Napa's Not Even Close

After Shutdown Ends, Effects Continue to Stymie Science


How Engineers Use Ground Freezing to Build Bigger, Safer, and Deeper

A Salty Solution for Nuclear Waste


Could Scientists Have Prevented the Fukushima Meltdown?


Earliest skeletal animals were reef builders

Bees build mental maps to get home

San Francisco due for a shake-up

Electronics' noise disorients migratory birds

Cotton balls help Darwin's finches to help themselves

Decoded fly genome offers clues about sleeping sickness

X-ray method could improve nuclear screening

New origin seen for Earth's tectonic plates

'Electronic skin' equipped with memory

Prehistoric 'weird shrimps' traded claws for nets

Human nose can detect 1 trillion odours

Incoming NSF director faces challenges in Congress

Obama's budget request falls flat

Obama's budget plan defies spending cap

Digital atlas shows oceans' iron levels

China becomes world's third largest producer of research articles

Brain responds to tiniest speech details

Mantis shrimp's super colour vision debunked

Budget offers recovery hope

Science agencies regain footing in Congressional budget deal

The Chicago Tribune

Baby experts change tune on food allergies

Researcher believes there's an art to his science

Afraid of dentists? Sedation is new drill

Wanted: Ants of all sorts from Chicago

Study of athletes parses triumph, pride

The science of body temperature and outside heat

Vitamin D tests trending up

Hepatitis C testing gets push