I’ve been writing about science since 2002. I have a graduate certificate in Science Writing from the University of California–Santa Cruz. After graduating I was on staff at U.S.News & World Report, then National Geographic, then freelanced for more than five years. Now I am working for a contractor, writing about health, medicine, and science for various government agencies.

I write everything from meeting minutes to personal essays to feature stories. If it has words, I’ll give it a try. My work has appeared in ScienceSmithsonian, Discover, New Scientist, and other publications. A feature story I wrote for Smithsonian was picked for the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 anthology. A 119-word story about monkey music won Honorable Mention in the DCSWA Science Newsbrief Award in 2009.

I live in Washington, D.C. I once spent six weeks on an icebreaker in the Bering Sea. More recently I spent a month in Saudi Arabia, where I taught teenage girls about science, writing, and science writing. I love whales and the science of poop.

I took the picture at the top of this page at Naturhistorisches Museum Wien. The photo of me on this page was taken by Erin Sutherland and the one on the homepage is by Chris Linder.

Contact: fieldsh@gmail.com

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