Scientist, journalist and professor

 

As a young child I was fascinated by the natural world, yet as an adult I temporarily put away those childish things, took up something more serious and graduated with a law degree.

After a career in criminal law, I returned to science — my first love. In 1998 I graduated with a master’s degree in biological science from California State University and in 2005 I graduated with a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Davis.

Flowers foliageI worked as a research scientist for six additional years, studying autism genetics and telomere biology. I have authored or co-authored 12 scientific articles, including research papers, reviews and book chapters.

In 2008 my husband and I bought a house at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The region offers a multitude of topics to choose from — the natural history of the Southwest and first-class scientific research at the University of Arizona, not to mention the creatures in my own backyard.

The last blossom

In 2014 I graduated from the University of Arizona with a master’s degree in journalism. I now work as an assistant professor at the UA School of Journalism. The common thread across my various careers is writing. I have written legal briefs, scientific manuscripts and creative nonfiction. With my experience and background, becoming a science writer and a journalism professor were logical steps.