I am a science writer and editor specializing in ecology, evolution and health. From my home base in Washington, D.C., I’ve written for NPR, PNAS Front Matter, BioScienceAmerican Scientist, New Scientist and other outlets.

While I happily cover all things science, I have a particular fondness for plants. I’ve worked on a flower farm where I learned to transplant seedlings and ride a tractor, and nature preserves where I learned to identify plant species and fend off ticks (duct taping pants directly to boots works best).

I earned a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in biology from the University of Virginia. My dissertation focused on how an invasive plant from India affects natural selection on a closely related native plant in New England.

After graduating and working as a science writer for the National Institutes of Health, I made the leap to science journalism via a AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship at NPR’s science desk. You can find my latest work here and on Twitter: @carolynmbeans.Beans Head Shot