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.


New Fire Retardant Could Stop Wildfires Before They Start

KQED Science News, September 30, 2019

For a century, the goal of firefighting has been suppression — stamp out all fire regardless of cost — and there have been few changes in the technology used to fight fires. But as many who work in fire research and prevention contend with the inevitable future, they are reassessing how and when we fight fires. Read more here.


NudiBrains Podcast: Barnacle Penises and a Hatred of Sand, NudiBrians ep. 2 with Amanda Heidt

April 6, 2019

I sat down with my labmate Emily for an interview on her new podcast, NudiBrains. The title says a lot of it…but we also talk about my thesis work, how I got into science, nudibranchs, reducing our impact on the natural world, and how to address climate deniers. Emily’s new podcast will feature interviews with (mostly) women scientists, family friends, and hopefully some climate deniers. The premise is to provide a breadth of experience for people considering careers in STEM and to provide outreach opportunities where anyone can come and have their questions addressed. Subscribe and review here!


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.


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.



“This Adorable Sea Slug Is a Sneaky Little Thief”
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. 

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.