Carolyn Beans is a freelance science writer and editor specializing in ecology, evolution and health. From her home base in Washington, D.C., she’s written for NPR, PNAS Front Matter, American Scientist, BioScience and other outlets. Her writing explores wide-ranging topics—from how a cadaver’s microbiome could help forensic investigators keep time to how temporary tattoos could help consumers track UV exposure. Carolyn holds a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in biology from the University of Virginia. After working as a science writer for the National Institutes of Health, she made the leap to science journalism via an AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship at NPR’s science desk.