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Environmental Writer

About Me

I'm a Univesity of Michigan graduate (2021) with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies (special focus in Writing & Communication) and minors in Earth Sciences and Creative Writing. I'm now looking to pursue a career in science communications. 

I've worked as a columnist at The Michigan Daily newspaper and pursued literary journalism research as a member of the Great Lakes Writers Corps. My creative nonfiction piece "Stone Fly," produced as a member of the GLWC, won the 2021 Hopwood Award in Undergraduate Nonfiction and is now published in Canary Literary Journal. In addition to a full suite of environmental science courses,  I've taken courses in Environmental & Public Health Journalism, Environmental Justice, International Studies, and Natural Resources & Economics; I also studied anthropogenic climate change at Oxford University in 2019. 

I'm comfortable writing a variety of topics, from short to long-form, narrative to journalistic to copy. 

Industries I Write About

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My Writing Samples

The Pandemic Plate: Native American Food Systems and COVID-19 (Indigenizing the News)

Journalistic, news-style article on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous food systems in the U.S.

https://www.indigenizingthenews.com/journalismcreative/the-pandemic-plate-native-american-food-systems-and-covid-19

Stone Fly (Canary Literary Journal)

Creative environmental nonfiction. Recipient of Hopwood Undergraduate Award in Nonfiction (2021) from the University of Michigan

http://canarylitmag.org/archive_by_issue.php?issue=55#1106

The luck and privilege of growing up in nature (The Michigan Daily)

Long-form personal narrative / environmental nonfiction article. Published in The Michigan Daily newspaper.

https://www.michigandaily.com/statement/luck-and-privilege-growing-nature/

A lighthouse beacon for climate change: What an encounter with elephant seals taught me

Narrative environmental nonfiction. Published in The Michigan Daily newspaper.

https://www.michigandaily.com/statement/lighthouse-beacon-climate-change-what-encounter-elephant-seals-taught-me/

Experience

Columnist

Statement Magazine columnist

Company: The Michigan Daily

I worked there from 1/2021 until 7/2021

Longform journalist

A one-year literary journalism program conducting immersive literary journalism

Company: Great Lakes Writers Corps

I worked there from 1/2020 until 12/2020

Content I Write