I’m a reporter on the science and health desk at BuzzFeed News, based in San Francisco. My interests span biology, medicine, social sciences and the environment from genetics and stem cells, through ecology and conservation, to psychology and psychiatry. I’m especially interested in investigative and data-driven journalism.
I also teach investigative and policy reporting in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and data visualization in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. And I run training workshops in data analysis and visualization for journalists and other professionals mostly for the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute.
I got my break in journalism in 1989 as a reporter for Nature in London, fresh from a PhD in animal behavior. Later I worked as European correspondent for Science, as news editor for New Scientist and chief news & features editor with Nature, before moving to California in 2005 to become New Scientist’s San Francisco bureau chief.
When the opportunity arises, I love to combine my work with travel. Over the years I’ve reported from countries including Cameroon, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and Vietnam.
My articles have won awards from the Association of British Science Writers, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the UK Guild of Health Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Royal Statistical Society and the Wistar Institute. And my maps of U.S. government surveillance flights were named data visualization of the year in the Global Editors Network’s 2016 Data Journalism Awards.