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 Economist, Nature 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