I am a science journalist with a passion for energy and its implications

I’ve been moving ever since I was born in New York City,* building connections in the U.S., Canada, Japan and France before settling down. These days I call Vancouver Island and San Francisco home, and explore energy developments globally. For nearly two decades I’ve tracked the intersection of energy, climate and the environment from the coalfields of Inner Mongolia to the unlit villages of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real and the PV-covered auto plants of Stuttgart. My byline appears regularly in diverse print and online publications, including Discover, New Scientist, Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum and Nature. In 2015 my reporting on solar energy won the Society of Environmental Journalists’ award for Outstanding Beat Reporting. I also enjoy speaking on energy and the environment via national broadcast outlets and live for academic and professional audiences, and authored a book introducing young adults to electricity & magnetism.

* Despite what Google tells you, I was not born in Kuala Lumpur in 1930, I am not the UK science broadcaster whose name became synonymous with ITN’s Apollo moon landing coverage, and I am still very much alive!

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