Meet Heather

I have had a passion for biology since I was a kid backpacking through the Sierras, skiing in Lake Tahoe, and taking regular camping trips to any local campsite with my parents.  I knew I wanted to spend my life helping protect these wonderful species I encountered in wild places.  I received my PhD in Biology from the University of California, Riverside in December of 2012. The focus of my dissertation was on conservation genetics and I love research, both digging through journal articles to find information, as well as laboratory and field research - it places me one step forward on my path to help conserve wildlife.

I have three publications in peer reviewed journals. Besides writing for academic journals I also love writing for the public. I discovered writing for the public shortly after completing my dissertation.  My husband, an officer in the Navy, had just been transferred across the country and I was not working yet, so I didn't have access to journal articles to stay up to date in my field.  I just didn't understand why most of the really great articles about current advances in science were behind paywalls and written in a style that may detract the casual reader (if they could access them).  I decided then to help bring those neat articles to the public by writing about them for websites and magazines.  Dissecting Science is a place where I can reflect on questions that come to me about science, science writing, and teaching, but also serves as a portfolio to direct you to more professional writing I have done elsewhere.  If you like what you see please let me know!