Science Writing

January 30, 2023  |  Scenic Hudson Viewfinder  |  942 Words + 1 Graph

"A snowflake is a complicated thing. The shape that makes each one unique is also a sensitive record of the changing conditions that occur as an ice crystal forms in the cloud and falls to the ground."

April 17, 2022  |  |  871 Words + 2 Graphs + 1 Photo

"As National Park Week begins, we look at the factors driving more visitors to Utah's National Parks, and how Arches plans to manage the crowds in 2022."

November 25, 2021  |  |  777 Words + 1 Graph + 1 Photo

"Although native to Central and South America, the sweet potato hadn't been introduced to New England by the time the first Thanksgiving celebration happened. But like those on the Mayflower, it had nonetheless sailed across the salty seas to other places."

September 4, 2020  |  |  962 Words + 1 Graph

"It’s a flood of new information, and the interpretation of it can get muddled downstream in the currents of public discourse where there is much at stake and much still unknown." 

March 18, 2020  |  |  804 Words + 1 Graphic

"In the art of war against plagues and pathogens, the proverb about knowing your enemy has submicroscopic relevance." 

October 4, 2019  |  |  785 Words + 1 Graph + 1 Photo

"I hug him, but he can’t say goodbye when he departs with my wife on a weekly 130-mile journey along a forested highway to another town."

February 2, 2019  |  By Common Consent  |  943 Words + 3 Graphs + 2 Photos

"Although the bulk of Latter-day Saints are not overly fond of Mr. Darwin’s ideas, it appears that their attitudes may be shifting toward acceptance."

January 9, 2019  |  Cosmos Magazine  |  1117 Words + 1 Image

"While most people would not think of a virus as a beautiful manifestation of nature, scientists who map their molecular shape and structure are more easily smitten."

December 3, 2018  |  Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin  |  398 Words

"Although we can name many great scientists like Aristotle and Newton, we can’t say that any one of them made science on their own."

August 23, 2018  |  Hakai Magazine  |  450 Words + 1 Photo

"On the shores of the Bahamas, Great Salt Lake in Utah, and a handful of other locations, oolitic sand is built up, layer by layer, by a process that remains somewhat mysterious."

April 20, 2018  |  Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin  |  398 Words

"But no matter what, all plants need the same four things to grow: water, air, sunlight and nutrients."

March 16, 2018  |  Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin  |  330 Words

"The answer is yes, some animals can be frozen and brought back to life…sort of. Let me explain with one really amazing example: the wood frog."

December 15, 2017  |  Hakai Magazine  |  700 Words

"The only places on the mainland that have a semblance of New Zealand’s prehuman ecology are fenced nature preserves—protected spaces surrounded by fencing designed to prevent mammals from entering."

November 30, 2017  |  Catalyst Magazine  |  1835 Words

"Science, art and faith have each painted their colors on the Wasatch Front’s unique canvas."

November 7, 2017  |  |  573 Words + 1 Graph + 1 Figure

"Chocolate has a bit of caffeine and a lot of theobromine, but whether or not that affects your mood or drives your holiday cravings depends..."

October 4, 2017  |  |  1210 Words

"This is a tradition that has continued since 1901, bringing attention to innovators who have stood on the proverbial shoulders of giants."

September 15, 2017  |  |  1110 Words + 1 Image Gallery

"Early this morning, an unmanned spacecraft traveling at 77,000 miles per hour sent its final data transmissions back to earth as it willingly plunged into Saturn’s gaseous atmosphere and disappeared forever.

September 15, 2017  |  The Revelator  |  1335 Words + 1 Graph

"September 16 marks the anniversary of perhaps the most successful achievement in environmental policy."

September 1, 2017  |  |  658 Words + 1 Graph

"Active and hardy, they not only make great aquarium pets but wonderful research subjects for scientists."

May 9, 2017  |  |  1052 Words + 1 Graphic

"The most recent development in the quest to bridge the biochemical gap between breast milk and bottle-feeding is the addition of human milk oligosaccharides to infant formula."

January 30, 2017  |  Catalyst Magazine  |  1074 Words + 1 Photo

"It is also likely that he will be found on occasion in snorkel gear exploring the underwater landscapes that he has now protected, just as perhaps Roosevelt explored the vast western landscapes that he preserved."

September 29, 2016  |  |  949 Words + 1 Graphic

"During the past year, we have been learning a lot about the Zika virus."

August 18, 2016  |  BioXFEL News  |  803 Words + 1 Graphic

"But the reach of X-ray crystallography is limited by its very nature because not all proteins are inclined to form crystals..."

August 1, 2016  |  Catalyst Magazine  |  1727 Words + 1 Graph 

"Salt Lake City is just far enough removed from the lake for which it was named that the salty shorelines are easily forgotten."

2nd Place: Medical/Science, Division B - 2017; Utah Headliners Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists