Amber Dance

Amber Dance is an intern for QUEST. She earned her Ph.D in Biology at UC San Diego, and before that studied the subject at Brown University. Amber grew up in State College, Pennsylvania. She was always interested in science, pestering her mother with dozens of "why" questions. While at UCSD, she discovered there are people who make their careers writing about scientific discoveries. Determined to join their ranks, she interned at the Los Angeles Times and is currently a science communication student at UC Santa Cruz. She delights in showing up after all the difficult experiments are finished, and being the one to share the discoveries with regular people. As the winter QUEST intern, Amber is taking the opportunity to learn all about broadcast. After this year, she hopes to finally have enough education and start working.

SF's Hometown Bacteria

If Chicago has deep dish pizza and Boston has cream pie, San Francisco has sourdough bread. And just like the pizza and pie, San Francisco sourdough just isn’t the same outside its hometown. But that’s because only San Francisco is home to a certain bacterium that bears its name– Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis. Of course bread uses … Continue reading SF's Hometown Bacteria →

Quest Picks: Bay Area connections to the South Pole

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station As the sun shines and the air warms in the Bay Area, take a moment to consider a place where it’s always cold–the South Pole. Thanks to some local folk, we can get a taste of the science at the bottom of the earth without leaving balmy San Francisco. Berkeley graduate … Continue reading Quest Picks: Bay Area connections to the South Pole →

Quest Picks: Australia's Water-Guzzling Frogs

Today, Quest launches a new part of our blog, “Quest Picks.” We scour the web and serve up the best of science, environment and nature content–from the Bay area and beyond–right to our readers. Today’s pick is from YouTube. National Geographic, via YouTube, brings us the tale of Australia‚Äôs water-holding frog. This plucky amphibian rarely … Continue reading Quest Picks: Australia's Water-Guzzling Frogs →