This blog was born out of my goal to write about one new plant every day for a year. Common name, scientific name, plus whatever fun facts I stumbled across. I met my goal and I’m still adding plants, though now at a more relaxed pace. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback, and am delighted that people are finding this a useful resource!
I am a science writer and environmental consultant. I earned an undergraduate degree in botany from the University of Washington, and have dual masters degrees in Earth and Environmental Science and Journalism from Columbia University. Work and research have taken me from the rural fish camps and canneries of Alaska to the oil-soaked shores of Louisiana. Science articles have been published in the New York Times, Salon.com, Modern Farmer, Bay Nature, and more. Scientific experience includes managing restoration projects, environmental assessments, vegetation management plans, invasive species control, wildfire planning, vegetation mapping, and wetland identification. I am currently the technical editor for the academic journal Northwest Science, and co-author of the book The Light on the Coast.