After spending time as a marine biologist researching microplastics, larval ecology and comb jellies, Cypress discovered that her niche lies in sharing and explaining science rather than conducting it.
In 2020, Cypress joined a select group of other reformed scientists at the U.C. Santa Cruz Science Communication Master's Program. Cypress has written for Knowable Magazine, Mongabay, Eos, Mercury News and more about a range of topics including wildfires, noise pollution, whales and fisheries management. A lifelong artist, Cypress' illustrations have appeared in print and her photos have been featured in several newspapers.
Sifting through the contents of a plankton tow in the jelly-lab at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Getting to know coastal critters of the Monterey Peninsula as an independent tide pool tour guide
Catch and release rockcod fishing inside Point Lobos marine reserve to determine the long-term efficacy of marine protected areas