Krystal Vasquez is a Los Angeles-based journalist and science policy reporter at Chemical & Engineering News. Here, she mainly covers research policy and STEM education. She also frequently writes about how humanity has altered our environment and the people who are working to preserve it.

Krystal earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the California Institute of Technology where, in a past life, she spent her days building scientific instruments and thinking about what happens when urban pollution mingles with the gases naturally emitted from trees.

Apart from to C&EN, her work has appeared in Scientific American, Eos, Chemistry World, and Sierra Magazine, among others. She has also fact checked news stories for Sierra and Science News and edited articles for Temblor Earthquake News.

She can be reached via email at krystal.t.vasquez@gmail.com