I’m a photographer and science lover, particularly engaged with the intersection of the two in communication and journalism. I’m interested in finding approaches to sharing science in ways that excite people and allow them to see and understand the world in new ways.
I've worked as a farmer and raft guide, a roly-poly researcher and podcast maker, and I once lint-rolled a T-rex skeleton during my work at the Smithsonian. I'm a Part 107-certified drone pilot, NOLS graduate, Wilderness First Responder, and an experienced traveler who never passes up a good adventure.
After studying Biology and Geology at Pomona College, I embarked on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and traveled the Amazon river from source to delta, using photography to tell the story of river science.
Since then, I've been working at Berkeley Lab as a photographer and multimedia science communicator. In my spare time I look for other ways to get people excited about seeing through science. Check out my recent work on instagram or my blog, and sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date!
More about my work and interests:
How Water Shaped the West
My artist talk in collaboration with Peak Design
I gave this talk at the Peak Design flagship store in San Francisco to accompany a gallery show of my photos capturing the scientific story of the Colorado River Basin.
These images were featured in the show:
Science Storytelling Work
My work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has given me the chance to teach lessons, create StoryMaps, and document scientific research first-hand. Along the way, I've taken on a few of my own projects as well.
My Watershed StoryMap (and covers of Nature and Science!)
I'm excited about
Science as X-ray vision
I've long been fascinated by the idea that science can transform how people see. In sharing the mechanisms that underlie everyday life, I hope to help others see the hidden inner workings of their world. Seeing in this way adds wonder and intrigue to even the most familiar subjects, and I aim to harness that feeling to make science communication more engaging and relevant.
I've pursued this idea through my work and blog with projects like the Story of Sand, exploring the idea that many things in the natural world have both an "endo-story" (the little world contained within them) and an "exo-story" (the role they play in the world around them).
My latest article
This publication from my Watson Fellowship explores how rivers in the Andes are vital to the Amazon Rainforest downstream, and what might happen if Andean rivers are dammed.
I spent much of 2019-2020 on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, traveling the length of the Amazon River and using photography to showcase the science of river systems.
This project was put on hold for the pandemic, with the exception of a foray along the Colorado River in October 2021. I'm still figuring out how and when I will resume my travels, but my love of rivers and their scientific stories is still going strong.
My newsletter and blog
In 2022 I sent out my first monthly newsletter with a new StoryMap I made about the wonders of beavers.
Every few months since then, I've shared out photo essays, life updates, and my favorite photos that don't make it on social media. Check out my blog and sign up for my newsletter to stay in the loop about future projects.