Amanda is a freelance science writer living in Utah. 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 the University of California, Santa Cruz. Formerly an intern at The Scientist, she is now a freelance contributor. Read more of her work at www.amandaheidt.com.