Resume

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE SCIENCE & DATA JOURNALIST (May 2017 – Present)

  • reported and wrote news stories and features with a focus on life science and environmental issues
  • published in The Scientist, National Geographic, Grist, Hakai Magazine, VICE, Quartz, Blue Ridge Outdoors, New Scientist, Popular Science, City Limits, The New Food Economy, NBC News, Atlas Obscura, Oceans Deeply, among others
  • Science reporting: wrote several magazine features for The Scientist, as well as numerous news stories on scientific studies (e.g. immunology, cancer biology, genetics, stem cell and developmental biology, animal behavior, and microbiology) and issues relevant to scientists (e.g. cutting down plastic in the lab, rebuilding science in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria)
  • Environment reporting: covered topics including fracking, illegal fishing and human rights abuses at sea, the toxicity of commonly used pesticides, species conservation, climate change and renewable energy for a number of outlets aimed at a lay audience, such as National Geographic, Hakai Magazine, the New Food Economy, and others
  • Data-driven work: co-authored cover story for Grist on the regulatory hurdles standing in the way of expanding solar power in the Southeastern US; reported data-driven feature on the prevalence of illegal fishing practices in the world’s largest tuna fishery for the New Food Economy

Stringer for The Scientist (Mar 2019 – Present)

  • Reported weekly assigned stories on new developments in science

Narrative non-fiction program, Arvon Foundation, UK (Apr 2019)

  • attended week-long residency in creative non-fiction writing

Science writer intern, The Scientist (Oct 2017 – Feb 2018)

  • wrote and produced daily news stories on breaking scientific research and magazine stories on a variety of life science topics, managed social media feeds and selected “image of the day.”

Investigative journalism program, Banff Center, Canada (Oct 2018)

  • Received training in investigative journalism techniques (e.g. FOIA / ATIP requests, data-driven reporting, narrative storytelling)

EDUCATION

COLUMBIA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, M.S. JOURNALISM (New York, May 2017)

  • 10-month journalism program with specialization in data journalism; courses focused on programming and data reporting, science writing, & multi-media storytelling

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, M.Sci BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (London, May 2016)

  • An undergraduate qualification in Biological Sciences with an integrated master’s year
  • took courses in conservation biology, ecology, genetics, plant biology, statistics & computational biology.
  • Master’s project: developed a machine learning tool for the analysis of vocalizations of different bat species in the Jones lab at UCL’s Center for Biodiversity and Environment Research

AWARDS & GRANTS

  • Received Urban Reporting Grant to investigate New York City’s stop and frisk scheme (CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 2017)
  • Co-received Richard Blood Reporting Award for investigative reporting on New York City Police Department’s stop and frisk scheme (Columbia University, May 2017)

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • Founder and coordinator the British Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for high schoolers (Jun 2013 – May 2014)
  • Private tutor in mathematics and German (May 2012 — Sep 2015)
  • Research intern in molecular & developmental biology at University College London (Jun 2014 — Sep 2014)

SKILLS

  • Languages: German (fluent), Spanish (conversational)
  • Programming: R (data analysis, machine learning) Python (web scraping, data analysis, Twitter & Facebook API), SQL, Neo4J & QGIS
  • Software: Adobe Audition, Illustrator & Photoshop, iMovie & DSLR photography, WordPress
  • Other: FOIA / ATIP requests