A science journalist

Self portrait

As a young child I was fascinated by the natural world. As an adult I put away those childish things, took up something more serious and graduated with a law degree.

After a career in criminal law, I returned to science–my first love. In 1998 I graduated with a master’s degree in biological science from California State University and in 2005 I graduated with a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Davis.

I worked as a research scientist for six additional years, studying autism genetics and telomere biology. I have authored or co-authored 12 scientific articles, including research papers, reviews and book chapters.

The common thread throughout my professional experience is writing. I have written legal briefs, scientific manuscripts and creative nonfiction. With my experience and background, becoming a science writer was a logical step. I’m learning how to write with a new voice. It’s an exciting time and I’m enjoying every minute of it!

In 2008 my husband and I bought a house at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The region offers a multitude of topics to choose from—the natural history of the Southwest and first-class scientific research at the University of Arizona, not to mention the creatures in my own backyard. I look forward to sharing these topics with my audience.