Maya Wei-Haas is a science writer at National Geographic. She covers everything from microbes to mastodons with a particular affection for rocks and reactions.
Before working at National Geographic, she was the assistant editor at Smithsonian.com for science and innovation. She has a PhD in environmental chemistry from the Ohio State University and made the jump from academia to journalism as a AAAS Mass Media fellow.
She has traveled the world in the name of science, scooping ice melt from the top of Antarctic glaciers, hauling up sediments from Svalbard lakes, and monitoring water chemistry in Alaskan rivers. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, running, crafting, and snuggling with her dog. She lives in Washington, D.C.