Amanda is a freelance science writer living in the Bay Area. Midway through her master’s degree in marine science, she realized how few scientists felt comfortable engaging with the public about their work. She challenged herself to share her research and ultimately went on to complete a second master’s in science communication at University of California, Santa Cruz. As The Scientist’s intern, she writes content for both print and online. Read more of her work at www.amandaheidt.com.