Biography

At the University of Florida, I obtained a B.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in Philosophy. During and after college, I worked in biology labs studying horseshoe crab mating behavior, spotted owl population dynamics, deep sea microbiology and avian conservation genetics.

In 2009 I began a career in science journalism. Since then, I've reported on a spectrum of scientific topics, including quantum physics, evolution, genetics, medicine, climate change, science policy, neuroscience and psychology. However, I gravitate towards stories about the process of science rather than those on the facts uncovered by that process.

 

Over the years, I've been published in various outlets, such as Scientific American, FactCheck.org, CNN, The Huffington Post, NBC, MSN.com, USA Today, Quanta, UnDark, Science Friday, The ScientistBioScience, EARTH, The American Scholar and EuroScientist. 

In 2017, I finished a masters in the History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. My thesis used the history of the gene concept in biology to understand the current use of the connectome (a map of the brain's neural connections) as a concept in neuroscience. I argued that when scientists organize around these concepts, they unify their disciplines. As a graduate student, I also wrote about the relationship between science and the public, the difference between science education and science propaganda, the role of intuition in science and the neurophilosophy of the self, among other topics.  

Cultivating my skills as a philosopher of science has undoubtedly fed my ability to contextualize the nuanced nature of scientific fact for the public as a journalist. From January 2016 to June 2018, I worked full-time as the science writer for FactCheck.org, where I corrected false and misleading claims about science made by U.S. politicians. During my tenure, I covered the 2016 presidential election and the early years of the Trump administration.

After teaching philosophy at Rowan Universit for two semesters, I'm now a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvia. My areas of specialization include genral philosophy of science, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of biolgy and philosophy of mind. My current philosophical preoccupations include belief (or lack thereof) in climate change, embodied cognition theories of mind and anti-realist metaphysics. Ultimately, I hope to find ways to integrate philosophy of science into the public communciation of science. As a philosopher, I also hope to work with scientists to better research and understand the natural world, including human beings. 

 

I live in West Philadelphia my partner, Joe, and our two cats, Olafur and Delia.