+ Freelance Data Journalist
+Investigative Reporting Fellow // Columbia Journalism Investigations // August 2019 - June 2020
+ Communications Officer // International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University // November 2013 - August 2019
At IRI, I covered how swings in climate influence societies, and how forecasts can be used to mitigate the impacts of those swings. The focus was particularly on the tropics, where climate is more predictable and where the stakes are higher because economies depend more directly on the weather. Specific topics of coverage were public health, agriculture, and water management, as well as the climate science underpinning the institute's mission. My work took me to Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
+ Research Assistant // Columbia Univ // 2013
+ Intern // National Aeronautics and Space Administration // 2013
+ Teaching Assistant // Columbia Univ // 2013
+ Project Coordinator // Indiana Unvi Office of Sustainability // 2011-2012
+ Research Assistant // Indiana Geological Survey // 2008-2011
Assisting scientists taught me the research process. I also gained a first-hand understanding of the importance of precision when reporting on science. Serving as a teaching assistant has been one of my favorite jobs to date, and I hope to be able to return to teaching in my career.
+ MS Journalism, Stabile Fellow in Investigative Journalism // Columbia University // May 2018
+ MA in Climate and Society // Columbia University // August 2013
+ BS in Environmental sScience // Indiana University // May 2011
+ Semester studying oceanography & learning to sail // Sea Education Association // Fall 2009
I love school, which I think explains why I also love the constant learning I get to do as a journalist. I've learned the most during field education experiences in Montana and the equatorial Pacific in which I was forced to solve problems...sans internet!