About Specimen Ridge

Standing next to a petrified tree trunk on Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park.

Specimen Ridge is a seldom visited hiking trail in Yellowstone National Park.  The trail is home to one of the world’s largest fossilized forests.  A series of volcanic eruptions about 50 million years ago covered the region in ash and mud, eventually changing the trees and plant life into stone.

My blog is named after this remarkable hiking trail.  I’ve been visiting Yellowstone since I was a child.  The wildlife and natural wonders of the park helped me cultivate a love for science and–more recently–science communication.  This is a blog for anything and everything science.  It’s an outlet to talk about whatever grabs my interest and to hone my writing skills.  Read and enjoy!


About Me

At the bench in my former laboratory at the University of Michigan.

I am a freelance science and medical writer with a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Michigan Medical School.   You can read more about my ongoing projects, publications, and awards on my professional website.

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