Why bat scientists are socially distancing from their subjects

Oct 23, 2020 — Science News: There’s nothing Winifred Frick likes better than crawling through guano-filled caves and coming face-to-face with bats. As chief scientist of Bat Conservation International, she is on a mission to promote understanding of bats and protect imperiled species from extinction. For months, though, Frick has avoided research that would put her within spitting distance of bats.
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The Big Data of Biodiversity

Oct 26, 2020 — UCSC Science Notes: Along the central California coast, a crescent of rocky shoreline cradles the waters of the Monterey Bay. Its reefs and tidepools are teeming with sharp and squishy creatures that call the briny coastline home. But during an afternoon low tide on an unseasonably warm February day, a patch of coast just south of the town of Monterey is crawling with dozens of alien visitors: clipboard-wielding scientists in rubber boots, shouting to each other over the din of the wind and waves.
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California’s ban on shark fins doesn’t stop the trade from passing through its ports

March 3, 2020 — Mercury News: Through a FOIA request and contacts I made through federal and state agencies, I uncovered one of the largest single fin seizures in U.S. history at the Port of Oakland. The seizure illuminated that shark fins — which are illegal to possess and sell in California — were still transiting through the state's ports, typically en route from Central America to Hong Kong.
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Santa Cruz Local

In Spring 2020, I interned with Santa Cruz Local — a local news podcast that covers important issues in Santa Cruz County. I produced a biweekly series called Santa Cruz Local Answers, where I leveraged my science journalism background and growing network of contacts in local government and at nearby research institutions to answer listener questions related to COVID-19. I sought to provide Santa Cruz County residents solutions and clarity within a local frame. The five episodes I produced received thousands of listens.

I've continued to contribute to Santa Cruz Local as a freelancer covering local news.

Capitola child care program becomes more affordable with county help

The City of Capitola offers a city-sponsored child care program, as Soquel Union Elementary School District campuses remain closed due to risk of COVID-19 spread. (William Duncan — Santa Cruz Local) CAPITOLA >> Families that attend Soquel Elementary, Main Street Elementary, Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary and New Brighton Middle School will have more affordable access to a city-sponsored supervised homework help program that frees parents to work. The Capitola City Council voted unanimously Thur

Ramsay Park bike pump track plan moves forward

WATSONVILLE >> The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a bike pump track located at the site of an older skate park in Ramsay Park. The vote included an agreement between the city of Watsonville and the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, a mountain bike trail nonprofit organization, that would lead construction and design. Funds for the project came from private donations to Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz. “This pump track is really just the start of our endeavors of

Santa Cruz County rail corridor transit options to be narrowed

SANTA CRUZ >> One transit option from four final contenders for the Watsonville-to-Santa Cruz rail corridor is expected to be recommended by Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission staff in October. The decision could shape the future for Santa Cruz County commuters for years to come. The recommendation comes from these options: • an autonomous train on wheels, similar to a bus Detailed cost estimates also will be included in the transportation commission’s “virtual open house” Oc

Ep 76 Santa Cruz Local Answers, part 4 - What's the plan for antibody testing? 5.24.20

Santa Cruz Local's Jerimiah Oetting answers your questions about antibody testing: What is it? Is it available in Santa Cruz County? How reliable are the tests? And is the county pursuing antibody testing? This is the fourth installment of 'Santa Cruz Local Answers,' where Jerimiah tackles your coronavirus-related questions. Submit your questions to www.santacruzlocal.org/coronavirus. Or email a question to answers@santacruzlocal.org. Get Santa Cruz Local's free email newsletter: https://mailchi

Ep. 77 Santa Cruz Local Answers, part 5. Tough decisions- Child care during a pandemic 6.7.20

Parents and child care providers worry about the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Santa Cruz Local's Jerimiah Oetting answers your questions about child care rules in Santa Cruz County during the coronavirus emergency: How can we expect young children in daycare to socially distance? What is the county doing to ensure these facilities are safe? This is the fifth installment of "Santa Cruz Local Answers," where Jerimiah tackles your coronavirus-related questions. Submit your questions: www.santa

Ep 66 Introducing Santa Cruz Local Answers- Your Questions On Testing 4.9.20

Santa Cruz Local's Jerimiah Oetting answers your questions on coronavirus testing: Who gets tested? What is the process? How long does it take? Why is testing limited in Santa Cruz County and when will that change? Jerimiah talked to a medical leader, a scientist and others to get some answers. This is the first installment of 'Santa Cruz Local Answers,' where Jerimiah tackles your coronavirus-related questions. Submit your questions to www.santacruzlocal.org/coronavirus . Read the transcript to

Princeton University

I graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program in June, and completed a science writing internship with Princeton University's Office of the Dean for Research in early August. I wrote two feature-length pieces, for Discovery: Research at Princeton Magazine.

My work from this position will be published in November. Shorter online articles will appear here as commissioned.

The Mercury News

In the winter of 2020, I interned at the San Jose Mercury News. I covered science and the environment alongside some of the Merc's brilliant reporters, including Lisa Krieger and Paul Rogers.

Due to the Merc's paywalls and pop-up ads, I present my work here in PDF format. Links to the original work can be found in the PDF.

California’s ban on shark fins doesn’t stop the trade from passing through its ports

March 3, 2020 — Mercury News: Through a FOIA request and contacts I made through federal and state agencies, I uncovered one of the largest single fin seizures in U.S. history at the Port of Oakland. The seizure illuminated that shark fins — which are illegal to possess and sell in California — were still transiting through the state's ports, typically en route from Central America to Hong Kong.

UCSC Science Communication Program

Below are examples of my early class and internship work while attending the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. The list includes a variety of publications, representing the diverse science communication training provided by the program. Also included are pieces I wrote during my internship with the Monterey County Weekly.

Whales are being killed by shipping traffic at alarming rates. A new initiative aims to help.

Of the many cargo ships in California, only a tiny fraction pass through the large swathes of marine habitat along the coast, such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It’s unknown how many of these ships collide with whales, but research indicates the number is much higher than what endangered populations of blue, fin and humpback whales can withstand.
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