Journalist covering how people use science, markets & serendipity to test new ideas. Write for Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, & produce radio for Deutsche Welle in English and NPR’s Here and Now. I’ve filed stories from over a dozen countries on five continents and from one ocean crossing. I have lived in and reported from Cambridge, UK; Zurich, Switzerland; Madrid, Spain; and Oaxaca, Mexico. Here are my datelines, so far:
I’ve been a full-time freelance journalist since 2007, with short breaks to intern at Nature and play archaeologist. Before that I studied astrophysics at Harvard and spent a few summers writing for the Let’s Go travel guidebooks. Along the way I’ve:
- Visited the first independent mobile telephone network in the Mexican Sierra Juárez for The Economist and NPR’s Here and Now.
- Goaded a Nicaraguan farmer into singing a ballad about the arrival of hydroelectricity for IEEE Spectrum and NPR’s Here and Now.
- Crossed the Indian Ocean aboard a Spanish oceanographic vessel for Nature.
- Navigated Tokyo traffic in an electric taxi for IEEE Spectrum Magazine.
- Followed climate scientists into Austrian ice caves for Science and EARTH Magazine.
- Ventured into the ash cloud of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland for Science, Discover and the Financial Times Weekend Magazine.