Published Work

Feature articles

New York Times
Life’s Preference for Symmetry is Like ‘A New Law of Nature
Your Doppelgänger Is Out There and You Probably Share DNA With Them
A Penguin-Like Shape May Have Helped This Dinosaur Dive
‘Evolution Gone Crazy’: What Makes Sea Dragons So Strange
The World’s Largest Plant Is a Self-Cloning Sea Grass in Australia
How Chewing Shaped Human Evolution
Rot in Peace (print only, NYT for Kids)
Doppelgängers Unite! (print only, NYT for Kids)
A Fossil Flower Trapped in Amber Had a Mistaken Identity for 150 Years
Neanderthal Crab Roast Leftovers Are Found in a Portuguese Cave
Your Hair Is Going Gray. This Glitch May Explain Why

Scientific American
Jewel Beetles’ Iridescent Shells Deter Hungry Birds—By Freaking Them Out
Shrimp Sounds Could Lure Baby Oysters to Build New Reefs

‘Mind Control’ by Parasites Influences Wolf-pack Dynamics in Yellowstone National Park
Mystery Parasites on Zombie Ant Fungus Identified by Scientists
Could These Dinosaurs Whip Their Tails Faster Than the Speed of Sound?
Meet the Animals with Love Lives More Complicated Than Yours
Trilobites Armed with Tridents Could Be the Earliest Known Example of Sexual Combat
What Scientists Say About the Real-life Zombie Fungi That Inspired ‘The Last of Us’
Foot-long Dwarf Boa Found in Ecuadorian Amazon
An Elephant Living in a Berlin Zoo Learns How to Peel a Banana
Plants That Devour Insects Could Be Luring Prey with Signature Scents

The Atlantic
The Lost Victorian Art of Egg Collecting
How Ancient Coral Revealed the Changing Length of a Year

Atlas Obscura
An Ancient Croc Stepped in Poop and Created a Portal to the Past
The Spooky Science of Why Mirrors Can Freak Us Out So Much
How Sexism Haunts the Haunted House Industry
Can Glowing ‘Ray Cats’ Save Humanity?
The Secret Egyptian Chapel Hidden Inside a Chicago Break Room

Discover Magazine
‘Fuzzballs’ Might Be the Answer to a Decades-Old Paradox About Black Holes
How Electroconvulsive Therapy Saves Lives
New Data Expose Colonialism in Paleontology
How the Term ‘Mad Scientist’ Began and How It Shapes Our World
U.K. Recognizes Lobster Sentience
The Disasters You Might Not Think About
Inside the Brain of an Octopus
Microscopic Crystals Might Reveal Multiple Jurassic Extinctions
What Was the Most Dangerous Carnivorous Dinosaur?
Why We’re Hard-Wired to Remember Things That Scare Us
What the Two Halves of Your Brain (Don’t) Say About You
A New Whale Species is Fighting For Survival
Earth Is Spinning Faster Now Than It Was 50 Years Ago
Do You Have What It Takes to Be An Astronaut?

Do Animals Fall In Love?
The Science Behind Ouija Boards
Artificial Wombs: How Sci-Fi Could (One Day) Meet the NICU
Will Cryonically Frozen Bodies Ever Be Brought Back to Life?
How the Heart Became the Symbol of Love, Lust, and the Soul
Murder Hornets Menaced Parts of the U.S. This Year. How Big of a Threat Are They?
Leeches and Maggots are FDA-Approved and Still Used in Modern Medicine
Did COVID-19 Heal Nature?
How Do We Know What’s Deep Inside the Earth, Without Ever Traveling There?
Human Evolution Isn’t Over Yet
A Femur’s Journey into Putty: The Hidden World of Bone Transplants
HMS Challenger: Humanity’s First Real Glimpse of the Deep Oceans
After You Die, These Genes Come to Life
How Do Scientists Keep Diseases from Escaping the Lab?
Does Coronavirus Live on Surfaces – And What’s the Risk of Infection?
You Can’t Stop Touching Your Face Because You’re Subconsciously Sniffing Your Hands
How Often Do COVID-19 Patients Lose Their Sense of Smell?
Why Do We Still Believe in ‘Lunacy’ During a Full Moon?
Zoonoses: Diseases Our Dogs and Cats Give Us
Closing in on a Non-sugar Sweetener– One Without a Weird Aftertaste

National Geographic Voices
Ridiculously Cute Mouse Lemurs Hold the Key to Madagascar’s Past

Hakai Magazine
The Anemone in the Coal Mine

Global Health Now
Disaster Relief in the Face of COVID-19
What’s Behind COVID-19 Violence?

Hopkins-Bloomberg Public Health Magazine
COVID-19: How to Conduct a Community Study in a Pandemic

UChicago News
Blue crystals in meteorites show sun behaved like “high energy toddler”


The Hideout
A Scientist Walks into a Bar (monthly series since January 2018); highlighted by WBEZ Chicago as one of the best ways to enjoy summer in Chicago

The Whistler
Diorama (recurring series in September 2018)

National Summit: March for Science 2018
Science that Serves: Towards Authentic Engagement between Researchers, Scientific Institutions, and the Community

Field Museum Women in Science Mixer 2017
Science Communication: Telling Your Story

Press releases

Glowing millipede genitalia help scientists tell species apart

When the dinosaurs died, lichens thrived

Fossil turtle didn’t have a shell yet, but had the first toothless turtle beak

Tree-dwelling, coconut-cracking giant rat discovered in Solomon Islands

The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn’t hurt.

Woodpeckers show signs of possible brain damage, but that might not be a bad thing

‘Rainbow’ dinosaur had iridescent feathers like a hummingbird

Eyelash-sized plants reveal climate change — and citizen scientists help identify them

Tiny paragliding beetle that lived with dinosaurs discovered in amber, named ‘Jason’

Two new species of “tweezer-beaked hopping rats” discovered in Philippines

What soot-covered, hundred-year-old birds can tell us about saving the environment

Easy-Bake fossils

Weirdly-shaped mouse sperm can be used to tell species apart

Easter Island’s society might not have collapsed

A shipwreck and an 800-year-old ‘made in China’ label reveal lost history

When the dinosaurs died, so did forests — and tree-dwelling birds

Chihuahua-sized fossil ‘beardogs’ shed new light on evolution of dogs and their relatives

“Spider-Man” worm-snails discovered on Florida shipwreck

Early dinosaur ‘cousin’ discovered — and it’s not like scientists thought it’d be

Spotted skunk evolution driven by climate change

How can you tell deep-sea octopuses apart? Check their warts

Newly discovered dinosaur had ‘T. rex arms’ that evolved independently

Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest

Mammals began their takeover long before the death of the dinosaurs

Today’s rare meteorites were once common

SUE Lends a Hand: Field Museum Scientists Remove T. rex’s Arm for Argonne Study

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