I grew up in rural North Carolina and have spent the rest of my life running away from the farm and chasing distant dreams. For high school, I attended the all-girls school Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, NC. Intrigued by the idea of an international career, I initially pursued international business before redirecting towards international politics at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. I graduated from Georgetown University with a BSc in Foreign Service.

After almost ten years living in the DC region and several years working in international research grant management, I moved to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, where I spent over four years. My work there as an editor of academic research articles spawned my love of reading and writing about science.

Currently, I work as an independent contractor for KAUST while finishing my MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University. I live in Texas with my husband Vladimir, a brilliant geophysicist, and our two beautiful young daughters.