The Science Behind Miracles

for Outside
Published: Jan 16, 2017


How our minds push our bodies to defy expectations, beliefs, and even our own biology—in short, to make miracles

What Screen Addictions and Drug Addictions Have in Common

for NOVA
Published: October 23, 2018


New research shows that age-old concerns about the detrimental effects of screen time hold true.

The Genius of Pinheads: When Little Brains Rule

for Scientific American
Published: March 28, 2017


Bigger brains are not always better

The Lobster Wars

for bioGraphic
Published: May 2019


In one coastal Mexican town, a sustainable fishery anchors the community. So why has Florida outlawed the same fishing methods?

NASW Science in Society Winner, 2015



For the Discover magazine feature "Why Nothing Works"

Requiem for the Vaquita

for Scientific American
Published: August 2017


What the demise of a small Mexican porpoise tells us about extinction in the 21st century

Story Collider: Is This Biology?


In October 2015, I appeared with Story Collider to talk about porcupines, Satan worshippers, and biology.

Stewards of the Sea

for National Geographic
Published: September 2017


As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life.

Story Collider: The Biology of Pig Shit



In early 2016 I tell a story onstage about the chemistry of pig manure.