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Selected work

Here are just a few of the things I have written or produced recently. Apart from these, my blog is a pretty good indication of what my writing is like.

Let them eat dirt — Profile of UBC microbiologist B. Brett Finlay (Innovation.ca, February 13, 2017)

Solving a 150-Year-Old Fossil Mystery From the Canadian Arctic — Blog post about a fossil recovered during the search for the lost Franklin Expedition (Canadian Science Publishing, January 10, 2017)

What If All The Ice Melted On Earth? ft. Bill Nye — Video script for AsapSCIENCE, co-hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy, more than 4 million views (September 7, 2016)


Brewed to a T — Article about and engineering startup that builds robotic tea dispensers (U of T Magazine, Autumn 2016 issue)

Designing Against Disaster — Article about shipping and wind farms (Hakai Magazine, June 11, 2015)

What If Humans Disappeared? — Video script for AsapSCIENCE, more then 7 million views (January 28, 2015)

The language of chemistry — Article about chemistry-related idioms and expressions (Science Borealis, January 12, 2015)

Canadian botanist seeks plants for Mars colonization — Article about potential Mars colonization (Canadian Geographic, December 5, 2014)

How Toronto Engineers Built a Human-Powered Helicopter  — Article about Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson winning the Sikorsky prize (Torontoist.com, July 16, 2013)

The Human Edge — Display copy for museum exhibit (Ontario Science Centre, 2013)

Nature’s Industrialists — Article about about how biotechnology is changing the chemical manufacturing industry. Won the inaugural Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering from Engineers Canada. (Canadian Chemical News, December 2012 issue)

Final Verdict —Somewhat satirical article told from the point of view of the element mercury. Won the Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association (Canadian Chemical News, July/August 2011 issue)

As part of my day job, I write dozens of articles for U of T Engineering News each year. Here are a few of my favourites:

Printable solar cells just got a little closer (February 16, 2017)

Can microwaves make mining more sustainable? (February 1, 2017)

Hungry for hazardous waste: New funding will help commercialize pollution-eating microbes (July 11, 2016)

Clean air map from U of T Engineering researchers helps cyclists avoid air pollution (April 22, 2016)

‘Person-on-a-chip’: U of T engineers create lab-grown heart and liver tissue for drug testing and more (March 7, 2016)

From stem-cell muscles to portable power: Eight women shaping the future of engineering (February 11, 2016)

Discovery of ‘slithering sperm’ could improve infertility treatments (November 10, 2015)

World’s fastest bike created by U of T Engineering alumni and students (September 21, 2015)


Finally, from 2010 to 2013 I was the News Editor for ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News, a magazine about chemistry and chemical engineering. Back issues of the magazine are available for free online if you want to check out some of this work.