Her educational background includes a Magna cum Laude bachelor’s degree in anthropology and psychology from Dartmouth College, where she received honor citations in chemistry and sociology. Her master’s degree in communications is from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, and she is currently enrolled in a master's program in science writing at Johns Hopkins University.
She is the co-author of the 2008 textbook, Introduction to Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Proteomics for Biomedical Engineers, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, and the 2013 textbook, Ecological Sustainability, CRC Press. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
She divides her time between San Antonio, Texas and Jamaica, Vermont.