I work in the field of science education as a researcher, reviewer, writer, and editor, focusing on K-12 biology curriculum materials and assessments aligned to national standards. I also enjoy writing about a wide range of topics for broader audiences. I’m especially interested in the intersections of science and other fields like education, policy, art, technology, history, and philosophy.

I’m currently a Science Education Research Specialist at the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), where I’m working on the development of NGSS-aligned resources and animated professional development videos for teachers.

Before that, I was a Research Associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Project 2061, where I spent about five years contributing to research in science education. I also founded and wrote for the team blog Sci-Ed on the Public Library of Science (PLOS) blog network.


I started getting into photography in 2010 with a Nikon D3000 DSLR. My main camera is now a Fujifilm X-E2 (mirrorless) with a 35mm prime lens. I also have a Fujifilm HS20 EXR super-zoom, which is handy for occasional wildlife shots. I use Adobe Lightroom for processing. Most of my images feature the urban flora and fauna I find in Northwest DC neighborhoods and parks.


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About this site

The site is the result of a collaboration with my partner, Oliver Pattison, who was primarily responsible for its design and development. It runs on Jekyll, a static site generator.

A minimalist, responsive, content-first design philosophy guided the project. (It should work equally well on phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops of various sizes!) Check out Oliver’s website and the GitHub repository for this site for more on the design process.


Views expressed here are my own and are not intended to represent those of any of my employers, past or present.