My communications skills are multi-faceted and multimedia, ranging from science writing and research to strategy and storytelling. Over the past four decades, I’ve written thousands of news articles; published an influential investigative blog; produced, written and directed dozens of educational videos; taken photographs; edited copy; planned and implemented successful public outreach campaigns; secured grants; achieved outstanding amplification through social media; developed resource materials for numerous clients; crafted strategic communications plans, and managed editorial content for a global communications initiative.
I thrive on complex, contentious subject matter, juggling competing priorities, sharing a good story, and translating the arcane into concise, accessible prose.
Though I’ve focused for the past eight years on science and agricultural biotechnology, I’ve written about environmental issues, politics, land use, conservation and resource management, energy, business, indigenous culture, health, natural disasters, food, spirituality, everyday people, and travel — among many other topics. I’ve got a curious mind and eclectic interests.
Reporting assignments have taken me to India, sub-Saharan Africa, South Korea, the Western Pacific, the South Pacific, and various locales within the US, including 27 years as a staff writer and freelancer in Hawaii.
As managing editor for the Alliance for Science at Cornell University, I directed an international editorial team and created multimedia materials about public sector crop biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change, social justice issues, COVID-19, conspiracy theories, and the dynamics of anti-GMO activism. I’ve also trained journalists in Tanzania, helped farmers and scientists improve their communications skills, and mentored reporters across the globe.
I currently reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I am fond of hiking, red chile, yoga, and exploring the wide open landscapes of the southwest.