I’m a postdoctoral fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University, where I study how of lamprey-specific pesticides damage fish mitochondria. During my PhD at McMaster University, I studied how killifish cope with periods of low oxygen. Outside the lab, I’m a science writer with work appearing in *Nature*, *PBS Eons*, *The Conversation*, the *Canadian Science Publishing Blog*, and elsewhere. My first *Massive Science* article came out in 2017.

How does Pfizer’s "90% effective" COVID-19 vaccine work?

Pfizer made a big news splash, but is their mRNA vaccine a silver bullet?

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How to become a galaxy hunter: an interview with Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

The University of Chicago astronomer talks about getting a galaxy named after herself and fighting for telescope time

Whale sharks' huge bodies mean they've never really been cold-blooded

Studying these enormous animals requires close collaboration between scientists and aquariums

Drug repurposing gave remdesivir its second, third, and fourth chance

The antiviral has had a charmed life, failing multiple times but coming back again and again

Meet Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who figured out what the universe is made of

Stifled by sexism in Europe, she made foundational discoveries in astronomy after coming to the US

Sanguine glimpses of positive environmental change on pandemic-Twitter

Homebound humans allow Mother Nature to stretch her legs, but that doesn't mean our current situation is a good thing

Elizabeth Rona, the wandering polonium woman, changed radiation science forever

She survived world wars, anti-Semitism, and decades of exposure to early radiochemistry

Unhatched turtle embryos can shape their own sexual destinies

By moving to cooler areas inside the egg, turtle embryos can influence their own sex, and maybe ward off climate change too

Cats are like tiny, judgmental camels

Hailing from the desert, cats sneer in the face of heatwaves

How does an electric fish get its charge?

An accidental genome duplication (or two) created the highest frequency electrical discharge known in animals.

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How to stop catfish from foisting their babies on you

Fish don’t have a reputation for smarts, but species that co-evolved with catfish know to avoid them

Four facts about Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist, and activist

Her unorthodox research showed us that chimpanzees are far more human than we thought

Meet Vera Rubin, the stargazer who predicted dark matter

From childhood, she preferred 'to stay up and watch the stars than go to sleep'

Chameleons do more than change color – their bones glow in the dark

Famous for camouflage, their visual communication turns out to run even deeper

Humans appear to be worse for animals than radioactive fallout

Chernobyl's nuclear disaster reveals the unpredictability of evolution

Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

Animals are adapting to pollutants in surprising and often costly ways

When you smell the roses, do they smell you back?

Scientists have found that plants like Canada goldenrod deploy defenses against insects on scent

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Why the first vertebrates to leave the ocean learned to see before they could walk

Advanced eyesight might have paved the way for better brains and complex thought