If you’re reading this, then you’re probably like me—a total science buff, who can never satisfy that curious mind! I always wanted to know how the natural world around me worked, which could be anything from observing the smallest subatomic particle to understanding the grand-scale chaos of the universe (yeah, that’s a lot). Many STEM fields stoked this fire in me, so I became a science communicator to learn, share, and experience science in the most creative ways. I’ve produced all kinds of content across the sci-comm spectrum (everything from PR to journalism), and I’ve worked with some amazing organizations and institutions. h/t: Fermilab, PBS NewsHour, the FDA, and others.

But to this day, a part of me still wants to be a scientist; I want to specialize in a field and contribute to its progress. After working as a science writer for several years, I’ve pinpointed an area I’d like to dedicate my life to—astrobiology. Astronomy and cosmology were fields I’d dream about being a part of. But as I covered more life science research and told stories about the work of biologists, I grew a huge appreciation for how life could come about in a universe that is so difficult to live in. I grew to love botany, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, in addition to physics, astronomy, and cosmology. As all of this swirled around in my head, I decided I would jump back into academia to go to grad school.

This was a difficult decision to make, but it’s something I must accomplish. And if you know me, you probably thought this was bound to happen anyway. For those of you who support and have supported me all along, thank you! And for those of you who don’t know me but want to get to know me, hi, let’s talk!