Honeymooning at Bryce Canyon National Park in Dec 2016. Photo taken by Peter Fortin.

At Bryce Canyon National Park in Dec 2016. Photo taken by Peter Fortin.

If XiaoZhi is too difficult for you to say, just call me X. I am a freelance science reporter currently based in Massachusetts. I am originally from Singapore.

I write for a variety of outlets including the New York Times, the EconomistNature and Chemical & Engineering News. I cover chemistry, materials and environment. I’m most interested in people working to help humans live on earth without destroying it, and without it destroying us.

In the summer of 2016, I joined independent producers Michael Bicks and Anna Lee Strachan for my first foray into the world of television. I worked on two episodes of NOVA Wonders, a new series from PBS NOVA. 

I completed the graduate program in science journalism at Boston University in December 2013. Prior to that, I studied organometallic pincer complexes computationally and obtained a masters in chemistry at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. I covered the 2011 Red Sea Expedition for the KAUST’s campus magazine, The Beacon, and produced stories about mushroom hunting and cold-stunned sea turtles for Boston University News Service Science.

I enjoy living abroad and really getting to know (and often love) a place, beginning with a summer stint working at Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park in 2007. In 2012, I lived in Mysore, India, for two months practicing Ashtanga yoga with Saraswati Jois.

I am fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.


Contact me at xiaozhi (dot) lim (at) gmail (dot) com

    “The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can't destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don't they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” - Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone