Welcome!


I write about science, with a particular penchant for marine biology and the intersection of art and science. I also write science fiction and fantasy. Sometimes I write for grown-ups and sometimes I write for kids. I also make art, from technical illustrations to comic strips.

My first book, about the science of the ancient sea monsters that evolved into modern-day squid, is coming out October 2017 from the University Press of New England. I'll be sharing the title and cover just as soon as I can.

I studied squid babies for my PhD at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. Before that, I got a BA in Biology from the College of Creative Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Now I live in San Jose, California, with my husband, kids, cats, and plants.

The name "cephalopodiatrist" was coined by some friends of mine in high school to describe my obsession with octopus, squid, and all their relatives. Years later, artist Justina Kochansky rendered the term delightfully in sculpture.

Tiny sculpted squid doctor treating another tiny sculpted squid for "foot" problems.


My name can be tricky to pronounce. It rhymes with Banana Cough.