Portfolio highlights

Please click on the links or PDFs below for representative samples of Natalie’s work.

National Public Radio

Study: African Farmers Have A Surprise Economic Weapon—Trees

February 3, 2017

Some Singers Sing About Love. He Sings About…Hand-washing

NPR October 14, 2016

Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

NPR July 28, 2016

Swaziland’s Secret Weapon Against Child Abuse: Grandmothers

NPR July 26, 2016

Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

NPR July 22, 2016

QUIZ: What Does Food Symbolize In Art? Test Your Knowledge.

NPR July 7, 2016

Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

June 29, 2016

Asthma-Free With No Hay Fever? Thank Your Older Sibling.

June 22, 2016

Millennials May Be Losing Their Grip

June 13, 2016; also featured on Late Show with Colbert

Celery: Why?

June 13, 2016; fourth most viewed story on NPR.org that day, top of Digg.com


The Atlantic

Why Are Health Studies So White?

June 16, 2016

Right hand bias is everywhere [PDF]

March 8, 2016

The psychology of the picky eater [PDF]

December 7, 2015


Science Notes

Unfolding the Mind [PDF]

August 2016


New York Magazine

Your Personality Changes When You Move to a New Place [PDF]

February 6, 2017

There’s nothing you can do to make yourself the favorite child [PDF]

September 8, 2016


Scientific American

What kind of voter is most susceptible when pols pile it high and deep? [PDF]

May 13, 2016

Bemoaning political attacks won’t fix the problem [PDF]

April 7, 2016

“The Blend,” a Meat-Mushroom Amalgam, Hits Restaurants and School Cafeterias [PDF]

April 1; in April 2016 print issue

The Science of President Trump [PDF]

March 9, 2016

Presidential candidates give voters big choices on energy plans [PDF]

February 25, 2016

Making furniture from fungi [PDF]

Guest Blog: December 15, 2015

How to Grow a Jellyfish [PDF]

Guest Blog: November 18, 2015




Are you strong enough to laugh at this joke? [PDF]

Scienceshot: December 2, 2015


The Washington Post

Bao Bao is the big ticket, but what about the salamander next door? [PDF]

January 31, 2014, printed in the Sunday issue


San Jose Mercury News

San Jose dogs, owners join DNA studies to help find cures [PDF]

March 21; front page centerpiece

California biologists shoot scores of bully owls to protect spotted owls [PDF]

February 27; also in other Bay Area News Group papers; Sunday front page centerpiece

Picked up by Christian Science Monitor, MicroCap Magazine, and Northern California News

Jellyfish app reveals secrets of tentacled tenants [PDF]

February 23; also in other Bay Area News Group papers; front page centerpiece

Green bonds grow in California [PDF]

February 15; also in other Bay Area News Group papers

Interest in bats takes wing on Monterey Peninsula [PDF]

January 27; also in the Monterey Herald




Ocean protections drift behind those on land, but science can help [PDF]

November 20, 2015


The Salinas Californian

Many turn to heritage bird for authentic Thanksgiving [PDF]

The Salinas Californian: November 23, 2015; printed front page above the fold

Cannabis is coming to Salinas [PDF]

November 13, 2015; printed front page above the fold

Race to abate arundo in Salinas River is slow-paced [PDF]

October 23, 2015, printed front page above the fold

Key Salinas River stakeholder: steelhead trout [PDF]

October 23, 2015, also printed

Researchers track parched farmland from space [PDF]

October 27, 2015, printed front page above the fold

Recycled water protects pumpkin yield [PDF]

October 16, 2015, printed front page above the fold


American Geophysical Union

A natural experiment: City in pristine Amazon shows pollution alters ecosystem [PDF]

GeoSpace blog: December 18, 2015

Restoring white Arctic will fall to future generations who never knew it [PDF]

GeoSpace blog: December 15, 2015



Plankton reveal new secrets about ancient CO2 levels [PDF]

December 16, 2015


National Association of Science Writers

NASW Awards Reception [PDF]

Covered awards reception as National Association of Science Writers student fellow