Christie was a well-established science blogger and writer when she was awarded a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology with a specialization in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from the University of Hawai‘i in 2014 for her research on the genetics of lionfishes. A short two years later, she published her debut book Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, which received widespread acclaim, and after that, she fully left academia behind and established herself as a science writer and editor. She frequently covers stories in the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology, zoology, genetics, and molecular biology. She joined The Scientist in 2021 as newsletter editor and is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Northwest Science Writers Association, and the National Association of Science Writers. She is currently based on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.