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Thomas S. Garlinghouse

Science Journalist

"The fact of all facts is that we are surrounded by mystery."

                  -- Albert Schweitzer


About Me

I graduated from the University of Santa Cruz Science Communication program with a master’s degree in science journalism in 2019. I have worked for the UC Santa Cruz news service, Monterey Herald, and Insidescience.org. I have also worked for Princeton University's Office of the Dean and the Office of Communication. I have published in various venues, including British History Today, Science, the Monterey Herald, Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Mercury News, insidescience.org. Mongabay.org, news.ucsc.edu, Good Times Magazine, Ancient History Encyclopedia, and Princeton's News Service.


Before my journalism career, I worked as an archaeologist. I received my Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Davis in 2000. For nearly two decades, I worked as an archaeologist for a cultural resource management (CRM) firm in Santa Cruz, California. I conducted excavations at Native American village sites, shell middens, cemeteries, and Mission Period sites. I also became involved in several ethnographic and oral history projects, which had me delving into the Smithsonian’s John Peabody Harrington archives and C. Hart Merriam’s California Native American collection at The Bancroft Museum in Berkeley.

It’s been a wonderful journey!


Work Experience


I am a graduate of the UCSC Science Communication Program and currently working as a freelance journalist. 


I was an archaeologist working for Albion Environmental, Inc. in Santa Cruz, California. 




I received my Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology at UC Davis, in Davis, California



I received my Master's degree in science journalism from the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz. 


Contact Me

1581 McLellan Street

Felton, CA 95018

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