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University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Mass.
Master of Science in Environmental Conservation, May 2013

Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
Master of Science in Journalism, December 2009

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Bachelor of Arts, May 2005

Graduate research

  • “Communicating about natural resources, scientific research, and critical environmental issues at Cape Cod National Seashore” – Qualitative analysis of how information about scientific research and environmental issues is disseminated in a national park. (Master’s project)
  • Outsmarting Invasive Species: Smartphone Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Environmental Management” – Paper on incentives for participation in a citizen-science project using smartphones to report harmful non-native plants and insects. (Macdonald, B., Schweik, C., Kierstead, M., Bush, N., Fletcher, L., Fish, J. and Starr, J. 2012. Outsmarting Invasive Species: Smartphone Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Environmental Management. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) conference, November 9th, Baltimore, MD.)

Professional Experience

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, Hadley, MA
September 2014 to present
Science writer

UMass College of Engineering, Amherst, Mass.
September to December 2018
Instructor for Writing in Engineering

UMass Integrated Concentration in Science Program, Amherst, Mass.
September 2013 to May 2016 (half-time)
Student success coordinator

Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, Mass.
June 2004 to August 2018 (seasonal)
Interpretive park ranger

Hometown Weekly Newspapers, Medfield, Mass.
February 2010 to June 2010

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston, Mass.
October 2007 – May 2008
Educational park ranger


Open Space Institute, New York, N.Y.
March to July 2018
Contacted as writer for climate-communication project

Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, Mass.
January 2011 to February 2018 (intermittent)
Contracted as writer for several projects

ecoRI News, Providence, R.I.
December 2013 to May 2014
Freelance writer

GateHouse Media New England
Quincy, Mass.
January 2010 to June 2010
Freelance writer

Assistantships and Internships

Outsmart Invasive Species Project
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.
May 2012 to May 2013
Research assistant

Cato Corner Farm
Colchester, Ct.
September 2010 to April 2011
Assistant in cheese making and care

Living on Earth
Public Radio International, Boston, Mass.
January 2010 to May 2010
Editorial and production intern

Cape Cod Voice newspaper (out of print)
Orleans, Mass.
May 2006 – September 2007
Editorial intern, freelance writer

Graduate journalism

Medill News Service, Washington D.C.
September – December 2009
Environment and natural resources reporter

Medill News Service, Chicago, Ill.
January – June 2009
Business reporter

Medill Money Mavens,Chicago, Ill.
March – June 2009
Blogger and editor

Undergraduate journalism

Martini newspaper, Geneva, N.Y.
November 2004 – May 2005
Co-founder, writer, editor

Science Writer