Creative thinker interested
in problem solving for
science, technology, and policy


I am interested in solving problems both large and small, from a coding typo to broad
challenges in science and technology policy. I am currently a AAAS Congressional Science
and Technology Policy Fellow working with the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry.

Strong skills in data analysis with a passion for open science and data visualization.

I have more than four years of experience working with and analyzing large datasets. I support open science, so all of my analyses are publicly available. I specialize in tidy data and R but have experience with Java, SQL, and Python. To pay it forward, I have created and led tutorials teaching bioinformatic and data analysis skills.

Science

As microbiologist and toxicologist, I study things that can kill us, both living and non-living. Specifically, I am interested in the impact soil microbiomes have on antibiotic resistance and arsenic cycling.

Communication

I consider communication a vital part of my work. I am a Dale Carnegie trained speaker and constantly strive to reach broader audiences with improved data visualization and mixed media.

Policy

I support evidence-based policies by working with several science and policy groups including the US Senate, the National Academies of Sciences, and Science Debate.

communication highlights

MI Authorities Employ New DNA Analysis Software

Check out my recent reporting for a local NPR station WKAR. This work was supported in part by Science and Society at State.

How a small town trash fire led to a different kind of mining in coal country

Check out slides from a public presentation for Biology on Tap in East Lansing, MI.

The Effects of Underground Fire on Bacterial Resistance

Here's a student highlight I did for the Institute for Cyber Enabled Research at Michigan State University.

Microbes at 53-year-old coal mine fire could fight pollution

In this video feature, I presented early ideas in my research for Great Lakes Echo.