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Resume

Journalism & Communications Experience

Intern at NPR's Short Wave
Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Intern, Science 
Magazine
Freelance science journalist
Communications Intern, Fralin Life Sciences Institute
Conservation Storytelling Fellow, Atlas Obscura
Marketing and Communications Intern, National Geographic Society

January 2021 - present

  • Fact-check ~5 episodes per week using peer-reviewed studies and reliable databases

  • Pitch and report episodes, produce full-length episodes , and book diverse guests

  • Collaborate with reporters and editors to ensure accuracy, clarity, and accessibility in scripting

Remote | July - September 2020

  • Pitching and reporting on new research and current events for ScienceInsider and News from Science

  • Working with an investigative team to evaluate the persistent underrepresentation of minorities in science

September 2020 - January 2021

  • Bylines in Science, Science News for Students, The Guardian, and Smithsonian Magazine

  • Contributing writer to Smithsonian Magazine's Smart News (daily aggregate + 2 features/month)

Virginia Tech | Jan. 2019 - August 2020

  • Collaborate with Fralin’s communications to produce feature stories, news articles, student/faculty spotlights, and various marketing materials (~30 bylines)

  • Facilitate interviews with Fralin researchers and interpret newly published scientific literature

Tambopata, Peru | September 2019

  • Reported on ecotourism, culture, and conservation in the Peruvian Amazon as the organization’s first-ever Conservation Storytelling Fellow to pitch to Atlas Obscura’s editorial team

  • Developed reporting skills by conducting thorough research, interviewing Indigenous Peoples and local community members, and shooting photos and videos

Washington D.C. | June – Aug. 2019

  • Produced press materials, marketing collateral, social media content banks, marketing analyses, and communication plans to support Science and Exploration Impact Programs

  • Curated two social media content banks (~30 posts/each) for Inside NatGeo and Pristine Seas by collaborating with various departments to share the Campaign for Nature

Field & Research Experience

Field Research Assistant, The Macaw Society
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Alexander WildLab
Summer Scholar, Oregon Sea Grant
Presidential Global Scholar, Virginia Tech

Tambopata, Peru | December 2019 - January 2020

  • Collected data on macaw behavior and chick development with the Macaw Project team

  • Applied media skills to take and edit photos/videos, curated an evergreen social media content bank (~30 posts), and edited four informative videos with interviews from researchers

Remote | Virginia Tech | Sept. 2017 – Dec. 2018, Aug. 2018 – May 2019

  • Performed polymerase chain reaction, DNA extraction, antimicrobial resistance testing, and media creation to support research on the drivers and transmission dynamics of infectious disease

  • Applied media skills to rebuild the lab’s website

Bandon, Ore. | June – Aug. 2018

  • Conducted an online marketing survey of tour operators to evaluate the effectiveness of business’ websites in attracting tourists in an effort to promote sustainable tourism in coastal Oregon towns

  • Presented slideshow and poster at Hatfield Marine Science Center for an audience of scientists

Riva San Vitale, Switzerland | Jan. – May 2018

  • Studied global citizenship and culture at the Steger Center for International Research under university distinguished professors

  • Conducted a semester-long independent research study on the environmental, social, and economic effects of trophy hunting in rural African communities

Education

Virginia Tech 

Blacksburg, VA | Class of 2020 | Magna Cum Laude

  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Conservation | 2020 Dave Smith Leadership Award Recipient

  • Bachelor of Arts, Multimedia Journalism

Skills

  • Multimedia production and editing: audio, video, & photography
  • Script writing
  • Copy writing and editing
  • Social media marketing and content creation
  • Web design and management
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects)
  • Languages: conversational Arabic, intermediate French