Science Now contributors

Neela Banerjee is based in the Times’ Washington bureau, where she covers energy and environmental policy with a particular focus on federal regulations, the impact of money on rulemaking, fracking and climate change. She secretly loves airports and wishes she were outdoors just about all the time, with dogs.

Bettina Boxall covers environmental issues for The Times, focusing on water resources. In 2009 she and colleague Julie Cart won a Pulitzer Prize for their 5-part series on wildfire in the West. Her Los Angeles garden is grass-free.

Eryn Brown covers healthcare for The Times's Metro desk. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in history and literature in 1993, and was a writer at Fortune magazine in New York for seven years before moving to Los Angeles. Her husband, two sons and primary care physician hope that writing about health won't stoke her hypochondria.

Julie Cart is an environmental reporter at The Times. Her beats include public land, endangered species and oil and gas issues.

Melissa Healy is a health and science reporter with The Los Angeles Times writing from the Washington D.C. area. She covers prescription drugs, obesity, nutrition and exercise, and neuroscience, mental health and human behavior. She's been at The Times for more than 30 years, and has covered national security, environment, domestic social policy, Congress and the White House. As a baby boomer, she keenly follows trends in plastic surgery, memory loss and the health benefits of red wine.

Karen Kaplan is Science & Medicine editor at the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the science group in 2005, she covered technology in the Business section for 10 years. In a parallel universe without journalism, she’d have a career in economics, genetics, biostatistics or some other field that describes the world in math.

Amina Khan is a science writer covering a broad range of topics, from Mars rovers to linguistics to bio-inspired engineering — but she's perhaps best known for her repeated and brutal attacks on the office snack table. She surfs and snowboards in her spare time.

Mary MacVean is the Mind&Body editor for the Saturday section. When she’s not covering stories about improving your body, she loves writing about food and policy issues.

Geoffrey Mohan was seduced by science by a basement chemistry lab and classes at Stuyvesant High, but a liberal arts education at Cornell and a short attention span diverted him to a career in journalism. That means he gets Sheldon’s jokes on “The Big Bang Theory,” but sympathizes with Penny. When not being treated at emergency rooms, he enjoys bicycling.

Monte Morin covers science and health at the Los Angeles Times. A native of New England, Morin has reported  on combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, and also covered the court system, law enforcement, and transportation. He enjoys riding and wrenching motorcycles and reads maintenance manuals for pleasure.

Deborah Netburn is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the paper in 2006 she has covered science, technology, national news, entertainment and features with a curious mind and a sense of humor. She is particularly fond of stories about outer space and cephalopods.

Louis Sahagun is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. He covers issues ranging from religion, culture and the environment to crime, politics and water. He was on the team of L.A. Times writers that earned the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for a series on Latinos in Southern California. He is a CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California board member, and author of the book, "Master of the Mysteries: the Life of Manly Palmer Hall."

Kenneth R. Weiss covers issues at the intersection of science, environment and public health. Aging scientists persuaded him to write the 5-part Beyond 7 Billion series, published in 2012 to reexamine the causes and consequences of global population growth. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 as the lead writer on the 5-part Altered Oceans series. His favorite assignment remains conducting ocean research from atop his surfboard.