I’ve been contributing at Ars Technica since mid-2011. You can view all my stories there at this link. I currently do communication and outreach for UNAVCO, an organization that operates instrument and data networks for geodetic research in the US.


“Milkshakes: unusual earthquakes strike Wisconsin” [Read]
“Geology and Genesis: how Noah’s flood shaped ideas but not landscapes” [Read]
“How an all-star team put an end to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill” [Read]
“Why trust climate models?” [Read]
“The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction” [Read]
“Fruitful fossil database targeted by US House Science Committee” [Read]
“Teach the controversy: Education bills contain a revealing confusion” [Read]
“Science by robot: Outfitting the world’s ‘smartest’ lake” [Read]
“Growing mystery—getting to the bottom of the highest peak in the Lower 48” [Read]
“Echo chamber of outrage: Ars attends a climate skeptics’ summit” [Read]
“The particle accelerator that can draw data out of specks of comet dust” [Read]
“Thorough, not thoroughly fabricated: The truth about global temperature data” [Read]
“That ’70s myth—did climate science really call for a ‘coming ice age?” [Read]
“From the South Pole to the science section” [Read]
“These people want you to know climate change isn’t just for liberals” [Read]
“Americans have Texas-sized carbon footprints—here’s why” [Read]
“Here’s what Tesla will put in its new batteries” [Read]
“Eternally five years away? No, batteries are improving under your nose” [Read]


Rethinking the way colleges teach critical thinking” -Scientific American Guest Blog
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)
A three-part introduction to geoengineering for Medium

Climate Feedback

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


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 also into photography (some examples here, plus some geologic GigaPans) and have experience creating, editing, and script-writing for video.