Hey there! I'm Rasha.
I'm a science journalist and storyteller here to share stories of the natural world
I'm a science journalist interested in all things wildlife, environment, and sustainability. Nothing makes me happier than geeking out over some good science and translating that excitement into an accessible science story for a large audience. I really love stories that weave science, culture, and society together to demonstrate just how connected we are with science and the environment.
I'm currently working as a freelance journalist and daily contributor to Smithsonian magazine's Smart News. I've also written for Science, Science News for Students, and The Guardian. If you're a scientist with an exciting paper coming out or if you have a tip for a good science story, I'd love to hear from you!
I've worn a few different science communication hats over the years: science writing, marketing, advocacy, communications, and now journalism. In each position, I combined my background as an almost-scientist with my writing/multimedia skills to communicate complex science in a public-friendly way. My most meaningful experiences have been as an science news intern at Science magazine, Atlas Obscura's Conservation Storytelling Fellow, a marketing and engagement intern at the National Geographic Society, and a communications assistant for Virginia Tech's Fralin Life Sciences Institute.
I'm also an adventurer. As Atlas Obscura's Conservation Storytelling Fellow, I traveled to the Amazon rainforest to report on on conservation, communities, and ecotourism in Tambopata, Peru. I had the opportunity to practice my skills in journalism in the world's most beautiful ecosystem and to share a small handful of the Amazon's infinite stories. Eager to learn more, feel more, and explore more, I returned to the Tambopata Research Center in December to spend a month working with the Macaw Society. I got lost in the forest regularly, spent my days studying macaws (my new favorite animal), and got a bird's eye view of the rainforest by climbing trees every day (check out my behind the scenes video). Words cannot express my love of the rainforest, and I'm eager to share that sense of wonder with others who haven't experienced the Amazon in person.
When I'm not writing, you can find me curled up in a hammock reading a good book outside, pretending I know what I'm doing when I bird watch, or adventuring somewhere outside with my friends.