Portfolio

Writing

I’ve been contributing at Ars Technica since mid-2011. You can view all my stories there at this link– some have also appeared at Wired Science, Wired UK, or Wired Japan.
Samples are linked below:
Milkshakes: unusual earthquakes strike Wisconsin
How the EPA linked ‘fracking’ to contaminated well water” (Feature)
Groundwater responsible for nearly half of sea level rise?
This planet obeys the law—stats on volcanic eruptions show pattern called Benford’s Law
Geology and Genesis: how Noah’s flood shaped ideas but not landscapes” (Book review)
How an all-star team put an end to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Why trust climate models?” (Feature)
First evidence of invasive Asian carp reproducing in Great Lakes
Methane burned vs. methane leaked: Fracking’s impact on climate change” (Feature)
The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction” (Photo feature with gallery)
Fruitful fossil database targeted by US House Science Committee
Teach the controversy: Education bills contain a revealing confusion
Science by robot: Outfitting the world’s “smartest” lake” (Feature on IBM/Rensselaer project at New York’s Lake George)
Growing mystery—getting to the bottom of the highest peak in the Lower 48” (Feature on the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada)
Echo chamber of outrage: Ars attends a climate skeptics’ summit” (Feature)
Thorough, not thoroughly fabricated: The truth about global temperature data” (Feature)
That ’70s myth—did climate science really call for a ‘coming ice age?‘” (Feature)
From the South Pole to the science section” (Feature visiting with Antarctic ice core scientists to learn how that work is done)

Rethinking the way colleges teach critical thinking” -Scientific American Guest Blog (artwork mine)
On the science communication value of communicating ‘scientific consensus‘” – Guest post, CulturalCognition.net
Creationism comes to the county fair” Feature, EARTH Magazine
From Rain to Ranges” Scientific American
Volcanic Activity, Not Giant Bears, Created Enigmatic Devils Tower” Scientific American (online)

Climate Feedback

I am the Science Editor for ClimateFeedback.org, a site where climate scientists review news stories as part of an effort to improve climate journalism.

Other

I’ve been interviewed by CJOB in Winnipeg (on human facial recognition in crows), AM760 in Denver (on critical thinking in higher education), on the Radio Ecoshock podcast (about the apocalyptic climate claims of Guy McPherson),  by TWiT.tv’s Tech News Today (about research on social media echo chambers), and by NewsTalk Florida (about an Arctic sea ice geoengineering study).

I’m involved in science outreach, from volunteering at UW-Madison’s Darwin Day for several years to helping organize (and creating a website for) a booth at a local county fair.

I also enjoy photography (some examples here, plus my geologic GigaPans) and have experience creating and editing video (a few classroom examples here and here).

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