Select Recent Works

Please see below for a selection of my most recent publications. A full list of my author attributions can be found at the bottom of the page.


These Hairworms Eat a Cricket Alive and Control Its Mind

KQED Deep Look, February 12, 2019

A baby hairworm hitches a ride inside a cricket, feasting on its fat until the coiled-up parasite is ready to burst out. Which it does…gruesomely.


Jerusalem Crickets Only Date Drummers

KQED Deep Look, January 29, 2019

With their big heads and beady black eyes, Jerusalem crickets aren't winning any beauty contests. But that doesn't stop them from finding mates.


A Sand Dollar's Breakfast Is Totally Metal

KQED Deep Look, October 9, 2018

Their skeletons are prized by beachcombers, but sand dollars look way different in their lives beneath the waves. See a special behind the scenes making-of here.


This Adorable Sea Slug Is a Sneaky Little Thief

KQED Deep Look, August 28, 2018

Nudibranchs may look cute, squishy and defenseless ... but watch out. These brightly-colored sea slugs aren't above stealing weapons from their prey. 


A Sea Urchin Army Is Mowing Down California's Kelp Forests -- But Why?

KQED Science News, July 19, 2018

Kelp forests are the marine mirror images to the towering redwoods onshore, the scaffolding that supports the image of the classic northern California coastline. But these oceanic forests are currently under siege from a potent mix of climate anomalies, disease, and predation that have led to declines in kelp forests not seen in decades.



KQED Deep Look

“Behind the Scenes With Deep Look: Sand Dollars”
October 9, 2018

We follow the team on their quest to film the secret lives of sand dollars. Visit both land and sea to get a good look at them up close, and see some of the production techniques along the way.


One Chick Travels

“What’s On My Dash?”
October 4, 2018

We talk about Flamingos, expensive ferry rides, how to tell if a child is smoking a real cigarette or a candy one (both are wrong), & the fact that Kaya doesn’t understand where babies come from.


One Chick Travels

“Canyoneering the Subway – Zion National Park”
September 19, 2017

My friend Kaya runs a successful social media company and shares her travels living the #vanlife. When I have a moment to sneak away, she and I like to go adventuring. 

Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions

“Exploring Food Security and Fisheries Sustainability in Palau”
March 27, 2018

MLML Blog, Microcosms

As part of an advanced topics course in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), we helped compile a visual compendium of source images across many topics. I covered a series of posts regarding invertebrates.

December 12, 2016

“Sea-Urchin’ For Detail at a Micro Level”
November 2, 2016

“Sponges and Spicules”
September 28, 2016

“Foraminifera and Coccolithophores”
September 21, 2016

“Common Housefly”
September 7, 2016