I've always loved science. As a graduate student, I trained gray seal pups (Halichoerus grypus) for my Master's degree at the University of St. Andrews and helped tag wild Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) for my Ph.D. at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
These days, as a science reporter, I record a species that I'm better equipped to understand — Homo sapiens. My radio stories have been featured on PRI’s The World, Radiolab, and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In the fifth grade, I won the “Most Contagious Smile” award.
Lifestyle & Belief
Predictions are part of TV fare on New Year's Eve. They may be popular, but they're neither accurate nor widely believed.
We take a look at how various organisms, from birds to water molecules, align themselves in seemingly random ways.
The urban environment is growing and pushing natural creatures out of their natural habitats. But not all creatures need be pushed out, if only we'd make a few small changes.
Prairie dogs once numbered in the billions across the prairies of the West and Mexico. Today there is a fraction of the original population left but activists are working to bring back the prairie dogs and possibly the prairie along with them.
Citizen scientists worldwide have been out at night to search for the fluttery denizens of darkness, the moths, during the second annual National ( and now international) Moth Week.
Some invasive beetles have infested America's forests, with dire consequences for native trees and ecosystems.
Health & Medicine
The residents of Australia's Northern Territory share their land with one of the deadliest predators on the planet — the saltwater crocodile. A government program called "Be Crocwise" is doing its best to keep the peace.
Development & Education
The Great Artesian Basin, which provides drinking water to many communities in the Outback, comes to the surface nearly boiling and stinking of rotten eggs, yet it is a life-giving resource in an unforgiving environment.
Health & Medicine
Australia's koala population has been hit hard by two rapidly spreading diseases: chlamydia (a sexually transmitted infection) and a retrovirus similar to HIV. Scientists are working to develop vaccines, while lay citizens help care for sick koalas.
In Australia's Northern Territory, termites build mounds that are tall, thin, and aligned like compass needles. How and why the insects do this is not entirely clear. One entomologist offers some theories.