I am a science writer and journalist at Snopes.
My scientific background is in geological sciences. I have a master’s degree from Brown University, where my work focused on reconstructing environmental changes during a major mass extinction event by extracting molecular clues trapped in 200 million year old rocks. This research was published in the journal Geology in April 2015.
In addition, I have a master's degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. An adapted version of my Hopkins thesis essay was published online at The Atlantic under the title “The Desert Rock That Feeds the World” in November 2016.
Before joining Snopes, I wrote about science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at BuzzFeed. These days, I write a lot about scientific misinformation, pseudoscience, snake oil, climate denialism, and the rumors that lie at the intersection of politics, history, and science.