About Me

I’m a freelance science writer, editor, and fact checker based in New York with a background in physics and astronomy.

My reporting and writing has appeared in Discover, AstronomyQuanta Magazinethe Santa Cruz SentinelThe Mercury NewsEos, Science, InversePhysics magazine, and more. I have fact checked for science journalism outlets such as Quanta Magazine and Undark.

I am an alumna of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship and of the UC Santa Cruz science communication program.


M.S. in Science Communication — University of California, Santa Cruz 

M.S. in Astronomy — University of Wisconsin–Madison 

B.A. in Physics — Pomona College 

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