Hi, I'm Joey. Science lover. Animal enthusiast. Technology dork.
When I began college in 2002, I saw two possible paths for me: I could become a writer or a scientist. At the time, I saw a brighter future in science, so I studied physics at the University of Hawaiʻi, with the hopes of one day becoming an astronomer. However, my studies and research made me realize that the life of a scientist was just not for me.
Despite this epiphany, I knew that I didn't want to leave the world of science completely. The natural solution was to somehow combine my passion of science with my love of writing; I decided to jump into science writing. In 2011, I earned a master's degree in journalism, with an advanced certificate in science, health and environmental reporting, from New York University.
Since graduating, Iʻve written about a range of science-related topics, such as animal behavior, psychology, technology, space travel and archaeology, among many others. I've written about the clash between science (astronomy) and culture atop the dormant volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaiʻi, the link between shark populations and coral health and why we need plants onboard long-distance space missions. Iʻve also maintained a column for Live Science about the strange mating behaviors of different animals, including peacocks, blue whales and kangaroos.
Today, I spend most of my time as a science writer, video producer, and social media manager for the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region, which is based in Hawaiʻi, though I also keep up with some freelance projects (my animal sex series, in particular).
On a more personal note, I enjoy playing video games; trying out new devices, programs, and apps; reading science fiction and fantasy novels; and spending time with my husband, Allan.