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.
KQED DEEP Look
“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.
KQED Science News & Deep Look
My author profile.
"New Fire Retardant Could Stop Wildfires Before They Start”
September 30, 2019
“California’s Plan to Store Water Underground Could Risk Contamination”
September 19, 2018
“Bird Species Collapse in the Mojave, Driven by Climate Change” and accompanying radio piece.
August 15, 2018
“Redding Medical Staff Scrambling to Provide Care”
August 1, 2018
“California Prison Inmates Battle Fires”
July 30, 2018
“Melissa McConville and Sara Tanza, She is Beautiful”
March 13, 2019
“Brijonnay Madrigal, Listen Up!”
March 6, 2019
“Kaya Lindsay, One Chick Travels”
February 20, 2019
“Jami Majewski, Sun Mountain Soul”
February 13, 2019
“Magali, Rhiannon & Missy, Kitchen Witch Bone Broth”
January 9, 2019
“Brenda Hopson, Flour and Love Bakery”
December 19, 2018
“Emily Bondor, Santa Cruz Bee Company”
December 5, 2018
Her story blog, Discoverher.life
My author profile.
“Lorrie Palmos, Photography and Real Estate”
July 31, 2019
“Jorden Richardson, Savory Events”
July 10, 2019
“Heather Houston, Heather Houston Music”
May 8, 2019
“Melissa Cronin, Fish Tales”
May 1, 2019
“Deborah Lindsay, SellHound”
April 17, 2019
“Jolie Downs, Paradigm Staffing”
March 28, 2019
“Tricia Timm, Looker”
March 19, 2019
Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions
MLML Blog, The Drop-In
My author profile.
“¡Saludos desde Chile y Global Kelp Systems!”
February 6, 2019
“Ms. Scientist Goes to San Francisco”
October 31, 2018
“A Happy Blogiversary! Celeblogtion? Blogchievement?”
October 17, 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.