After completing my PhD in Entomology from North Carolina State University in 1992, I spent my early career as a faculty member at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. In 2002 I left the tenure track to move into administration, working as an Instructional Designer, in a Dean’s Office, an Assistant Vice Provost’s office, and as Assistant Director for a large research station. I also served many years as Network Coordinator for the Organization of Biological Field Stations.
From 2012-2016, I worked as a freelance web consultant specializing in science communication strategy and website building for nonprofits and nature centers. I also began writing for WIRED Science during that time.
From 2015-2022, I managed Purdue University’s Department of Entomology Outreach Program, including Bug Bowl, one of the largest insect festivals in the USA. I also redesigned and expanded the department's bug zoo.
Now I've returned to writing and freelancing full time, and can usually be found drinking large amounts of coffee in my Indiana home office.