A bit about me:
Almost forty year ago I walked out of a lab and into a newsroom and that was that. I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and somehow, so far, that’s happened.
Coming from a science background I naturally niched into more technical journalism; writing mostly for sources like the American Society for Microbiology’s Microbe magazine, the New York Academy of Sciences eBriefings and the American Institute of Biological Sciences BioScience magazine. An obsessive attention to detail suits me as does extensive interviewing and vetting. Moreover, the easy access I usually have to investigating researchers continues to amaze me. Scientifically astute editors are an added benefit and certainly not to be taken for granted.
The range of things I get to write about is also a big draw: in the last few months alone I’ve covered genomic conflicts; bacterial collaboration in the resource-poor open seas; ubiquitous amoeba-infecting giant DNA viruses that will probably get viruses their own domain (which they so richly deserve); as well as a few articles about the diminutive bacteria-infecting viruses called phages that partner with our mucus to protect us from invading pathogens.
One of the most fun parts of my job is walking bravely into alien scientific territory, capturing audacious new ideas and bringing them back to a wider audience in a way that’s easily understood. It’s especially rewarding when an unbelieving reader, usually a competing scientist, calls me an idiot and a healthy dialogue begins; then I know I’ve done my job.
Because journalism is a trade passed down from one generation to another, I am especially grateful to my editors who gave me so much of their time and patience.