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I'm a freelance writer based on California's Central Coast. I write about science, travel and curiosities of the Pacific Coast for magazines, newspapers and websites. In 2017, my essay "The Sadness of Solving a Mystery" won an award from the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

I've covered everything from the economics of New Zealand's fisheries to the physics of stone skipping to quirky ski-town cocktails. I particularly like writing profiles. A few favorites: a group of Buddhist monks living near Mt. Shasta; an ornithologist who releases woodpeckers with a Star Trek quote; and a marathon swimmer who fuels his long-distance river swims with Slovenian wine.

I'm so happy to be a part of several terrific groups of writers and editors. I blog with a wonderful crew at The Last Word On Nothing. (One of my posts won an award from the American Institute of Physics.) I've got an essay in a new collection by California writers. And since 2005, I've been a member of SciLance, a tight-knit writers' collective that's produced a comprehensive guide to writing about science:
The Science Writers' Handbook.

My essay collection, Points of Light, won the 2019 Tamaqua Award from Hidden River Arts press.

Please contact me for print versions of stories. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter.