The youngest of four great-great-grandchildren of Irish, German, and Sicilian immigrants, I grew up in a small suburban town in northern New Jersey and now live in Wabanaki homeland and Penobscot territory in Bangor, Maine.
The author of three books of nonfiction, I am also a freelance journalist and writer of articles and essays published in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. While these outlets and their respective audiences are diverse, the content is always related to science/nature/environment/place, and is informed by undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science, a Stonecoast MFA in creative nonfiction, and work experience among lakes, streams, wetlands, forests, mountains, shorelines, and beaches throughout the Northeast.
Professional work includes science communication for Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, co-author and editor of the Maine’s Climate Future reports (2009-2020), writing about science and directing communications for Maine Sea Grant (2004-2018), serving as managing editor for The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine (2013-2018), teaching in the University of Maine Department of English, and presenting lectures and workshops on communication to scientists, natural resource managers, and students.
Served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (2015-2020), Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum (2014-2018) and the Somes Pond Center (2014-present). Member of the Ecological Society of America and National Association of Science Writers.
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