I am a biologist turned science reporter specializing in food, agriculture and health. From my home base in Washington, D.C., I’ve written for NPR, PNAS Front Matter, SlateAmerican Scientist, and other outlets.

My reporting covers all things food–from how a quickly evolving pathogen is threatening the pickle industry to why robots aren’t delivering our dinners yet.

I earned a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in biology from the University of Virginia with a focus on plant ecology and evolution.

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