I'm a magazine journalist who lives in Seattle. Most of the time I focus on longform narrative and environmental reporting, but I'm generally fascinated by the unexpected workings of our crazy world. I like a good story.
I'm the 2016 recipient of the Reporting Award from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a visiting scholar at NYU. I'm also a contributing writer to The California Sunday Magazine (look for it with the LA Times, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle, or here) and have also written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, Audubon, MATTER, Seattle Met Magazine, and many others.
My story "Homeward" was a finalist for the PEN Center Literary Award in Journalism and the Livingston Award in International Reporting. "The Deepest Dig" was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing (Houghton-Mifflin, 2015). I was a 2015 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow; my work has also been supported by the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and the Northwest Science Writers Association. My ebook When We Are Called to Part, about the final days of a remote leprosy settlement in Hawai'i, was published by The Atavist and included in the anthology Love and Ruin (Norton, 2016).
I've also written, in print or online, for National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, OnEarth Magazine, Al Jazeera America, NBCNews.com, The Washington Post, Mental_Floss, Aeon Magazine, NOVA Next, The Verge, Sierra Magazine, Ensia Magazine, TheAtlantic.com, Salon.com, Orion Magazine, Grist, and Yale Environment 360.
I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.