About Me

Reporting on Agent Orange in Vietnam

I’m a science writer based in southern Maine. For more than two decades, I’ve been covering health, medicine, the environment, technology, and other topics for numerous publications.

My recent story “America’s Misguided War on Childhood Lead Exposures,” for Undark Magazine, was shortlisted for the 2019 Best American Science Writing Series and the 2019 Society of Environmental Journalists Award.

The National Association of Science Writers recognized my reporting skills with its top prize—the science-in-society journalism award—for my coverage of electronic waste exports to China.

Charlie in Myanmar
On a reporting trip to Myanmar/Burma

Prior to being a science writer I worked as a toxicologist with an environmental consulting firm. 

Apart from journalism, my big passions are music and playing the guitar, skiing, and traveling to far-flung places around the world. I’m also a member of a renegade rock and roll band in Portland called the Joint Chiefs.

The Joint Chiefs
The Joint Chiefs

I grew up in Argentina and Connecticut, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut, and then received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts. I now work out of an office on Commercial Street, in Portland’s Old Port, a stone’s throw from Casco Bay.