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Published Work

Feature articles

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

Discover Magazine
A Femur’s Journey into Putty: The Hidden World of Bone Transplants
HMS Challenger: Humanity’s First Real Glimpse of the Deep Oceans
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

Atlas Obscura
The Secret Egyptian Chapel Hidden Inside a Chicago Break Room

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

 

Talks

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