Science writing portfolio

Outside of my own research, I write about the environment, biotech, and life in science. Find links to my articles below. The images shown here are derived from the articles indicated, so follow the links to see full accreditation for each pic.

The environment and human impact

WWSC research recognised on the IVA top 100 list for 2021. News update for the WWSC website. May 2021.

Antibiotics in fish farming create resistance and are an animal welfare disaster. It’s time for a change. Massive Science. July 2020. Syndicated in Salon and The Wire.

The upside-down jellyfish stings you with mucus grenades. Massive Science. June 2020.

We can measure coronavirus’s spread by looking at people’s poop. Massive Science. April 2020.

The bee microbiome can fight back against fungi that cause Colony Collapse Disorder. Massive Science. March 2020. Syndicated in ASBMB and Bee Culture print magazine.

Unlike bacteria, diatoms are picky about microplastics. Massive Science. January 2020.

Reducing agricultural carbon emissions will be good for the planet and our stomachs. Massive Science. April 2019. Syndicated in Salon.

Rachel Carson foresaw using bacteria to protect crops from fungus. Massive Science. April 2019.

Biotechnology and synthetic biology

It’s time to track city sewage for emerging diseases, not just COVID-19. Massive Science. December 2020.

Scientists are trying to develop sustainable biomaterials from wood. Massive Science. November 2020.

Bone proteins can help identify how long a body has been submerged in water. Massive Science. June 2020.

Squid skin is naturally anti-microbial. Massive Science. June 2020.

Start-up releases the world’s first GMO probiotic. Massive Science. September 2019.

Bacteria from our guts have the tools to solve blood bank shortages. Massive Science. July 2019. Syndicated in Salon.

Microbes and microbiomes

One type of soil bacteria performs two important jobs to help us produce healthy food. Frontiers for Young Minds. October 2020.

Genome analysis of Lactobacillus bacteria finds that they make up 25 distinct groups. Massive Science. May 2020.

Cats communicate with the help of bacteria living in their butts. Massive Science. December 2019. Syndicated in Inverse.

The placental microbiome may not exist, but the scientific method is real. Massive Science. August 2019.

Life in science

Beyond the tenure track: There is more than one way to succeed. ecrLife. October 2020.

A Fair Share. Chemistry World. November 2019.

The #BetterPoster debate rages – should you redesign your presentations? Massive Science. July 2019.

Meet Maria Sibylla Merian, the naturalist who painted insects in living color. Massive Science. November 2019.

Essays on academic scholarship can be found here, here, and here.

Earlier work

Paving the way for interstellar holidays. By Lauren McKee and Matthew Hartfield. Edinburgh University Science (EUSci) magazine. January 2011.