Julie was born in Gainesville, Florida, where she spent many an afternoon exploring the woods around her family's house. That's probably where she first fell in love with nature, and she has fanned the flame ever since.
When it came time to shape up and ship out, Julie attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she majored in biology and Spanish.
After graduating from college, Julie decided to devote some time to Things Unrelated to Academics. But school eventually lured her back when she was accepted into New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. Her close-knit class of 13 founded the program's online magazine, Scienceline, which published Julie's feature article "Black Mayonnaise." That story won first place for outstanding student reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2007.
Julie is now the web managing editor at Science Friday, a website and weekly radio show hosted by Ira Flatow. Before that, she was a senior editor and a web manager at Audubon magazine. Though many scientific and environmental subjects appeal to her, Julie is particularly fascinated by the nexus between science and art. That's why, for several years, she enjoyed authoring Audubon's "One Picture" column, which appeared on the print edition's last page and featured a show-stopping image accompanied by descriptive text.
Over the past three decades, fossil hunters in northeastern China have unearthed thousands of superbly preserved Mesozoic bird remains.
The orchid mantis takes on the color of a “generic or an average type of flower” to attract bees and other pollinating insects as prey.
Images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera are on display from now until December 2016 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
The New York Public Library just made it easier for the public to access thousands of digitized high-resolution items as part of an effort to preserve our cultural history in the Internet Age.
This rugged little ant is small but mighty. It prefers to scavenge for food when the sun is really bearing down, with air temperatures up to 127 degrees and sand temperatures approaching 150. In fact, it's the heat that is their best ally.