I hail from northern Nevada, on the border with California, a region I affectionately call "Nevalifornia." I earned a BA from UC Davis, where I also worked as a field scientist, and an MA from the University of Nevada, Reno.
My work examines the use of rhetorical strategies in communicating science to various public bodies. Recently I've examined the strategic use of scientific uncertainty to either delay or promote various policies in the production and reception of Rachel Carson's work. The upshot is that while most view the use of uncertainty as a delay tactic used by industry and politicians, my work shows that it can also be used as a site for public participation to promote policies based on sound science.
I also do work in digital writing, writing pedagogy, and intercultural rhetoric of science, particularly in Mexico and Latin America.