I'm a Professor for International Science Communication & Crossmedia Journalism at Rhine-Waal University in Germany and a science journalist and multimedia producer, sharing my time between Brooklyn, NY and Kleve, Germany. I have also been named the 2019 Journalist in Residence at HITS Heidelberg, Germany.
Until recently I was a AAAS Science & Technology Diplomacy Fellow in Washington DC.
My multimedia work has been named an official honoree by the Webby Awards in 2018; has been nominated for the GOLDENE KAMERA Digital Award, the acatech PUNKT award, and the Georg von Holzbrinck science journalism award in 2017; and won the Grimme Online Award and the European Newspaper Award in 2016. My writing has appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. With my colleagues at RiffReporter, I just won the Grimme Online Award 2018.
I'm one of the authors of The Science Writers' Handbook, an introduction to science and freelance writing (Da Capo Press, 2013); have explained science to 6 million prime time viewers on German national television (ARD); and have produced pieces for German television. I am an author/producer for the German TV production company Sichtzeit TV in Cologne and a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in many American and European media outlets including The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, WIRED (online), The Atlantic (online), Nautilus, Quanta Magazine, Nature, Science News, Prevention, Storybench, Cell, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, DIE ZEIT, Rheinpfalz am Sonntag, Greenpeace Magazin (Germany) and SonntagsZeitung (Switzerland). I've edited for Nautilus magazine and others. Current projects include a virtual reality project on the sound of extinct species with The Guardian, and shooting and editing video for a multimedia piece for DER SPIEGEL.
I've extensively covered HIV vaccine research, infectious diseases and global health from all over the world including India, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, South America, and Europe.
I trained as a print journalist at the Chicago Tribune (where I was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow), at Nature magazine, and at the University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communication Program; studied television production at ifp journalism school in Munich, Germany, and at the BRIC Arts | Media House in Brooklyn, NY; and learned data journalism at Boston University.
Before I became a journalist, I gave guided tours and over 100 lectures to explain the local wildlife and how environmental pollution affects the oceans on an island off the German coast, and studied biology in Freiburg (Germany), Seattle (WA) and Irvine (CA). My studies of glow-in-the-dark transgenic frogs involved training in microarray technology and bioinformatics and led to a Ph.D. degree in developmental biology.