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.
California’s Plan for Underground Water Storage Will Increase Chromium Risk
KQED Science News, September 19, 2018
As California begins handing out state funds for several new water management projects, a shift is taking place in the ways officials are considering storing water. Some of these new strategies rely on underground aquifers — an approach which makes us vulnerable to groundwater contamination.
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.
Bird Species Collapse in the Mojave, Driven by Climate Change
KQED Science News, August 15, 2018
Bird populations in the Mojave are plummeting for lack of water, in an imbalance driven by climate change. A new study from UC Berkeley study finds shrinking rainfall has led to the loss of more then 40 percent of bird species, in a habitat that relies heavily on birds for basic ecological functions. See accompanying radio piece here.
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.
KQED Science News
My author profile.
“Redding Medical Staff Scrambling to Provide Care”
August 1, 2018
“California Prison Inmates Battle Fires”
July 30, 2018
Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions
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
September 7, 2016