I’m a journalist. I write mostly about science, agriculture and the environment. I recently started covering climate science regularly for ClimateWire, which is part of E&E Publishing. Some of my work runs in Scientific American. I spent a couple years as the online editor at the independent, nonprofit magazine High Country News where, between maintaining social media, editing, intern training, website duties and podcast responsibilities, I also squeezed in a fair bit of writing, both for HCN and for other outlets. I’ve also worked as a newspaper reporter in Colorado covering pretty much everything, from education and arts to religion and breaking news.
Here are some links to my writing.
Study finds U.S. methane emissions higher than past estimates, points to oil and gas drilling
Missing data from Arctic one reason for ‘pause’ in global temperature rise – study
Scientists close in on planet’s oldest ice
How media pushed the climate change ‘pause’ into the mainstream
‘Pause’ are for kittens, and global warming continues, say scientists
Polar research, EPA rulemaking and other climate work resume after 16-day shutdown
Does the IPCC need to change how it works?
As shutdown continues, concerns mount over its impact on climate science
Could the ‘biblical’ northern Colo. floods have been predicted?
Hurricane season’s slow start leaves forecasters with plenty of questions
The tricky science of proving a link between a warmer Arctic and wacky weather
How NASA’s Robert Simmon makes climate science beautiful
A close call on a 35-year old earth observing program offers a lesson about the future of satellites
In a Utah gas field, potent quantities of a greenhouse gas rise into the atmosphere
How a company found a business in measuring leaking methane (3/3)
Scientists, industry, and regulators all struggle with the suspect math of natural gas leaks (2/3)
Is natural gas more climate-friendly? Researchers map thousands of leaks in Washington, D.C. (1/3)
Researchers “wire” a forest to decipher how New England’s maples respond to climate change
Satellite shows shrinking aquifers in drought-stricken regions
Lightning may hold the key to better tornado warnings
You’ll never look at crashing waves quite the same: researchers unmask secrets of sea spray and clouds
Vandalism on the high seas leaves gaps in key climate data
Food, Agriculture & Water
Feature: Water shortages threaten the U.S. restaurant industry
Feature: Milk and Water Don’t Mix: How a chain-smoking Texan forced the New Mexico dairy industry to clean up its act
Feature: Big Beef – Cattlemen struggle against giant meatpackers and other economic squeezes (5/1/2012 – Nominated for a Livingston Award for young journalists under 35.)
Sodbusting farmers plow up Northern Plains prairie
Science & Environment
Frozen Assets: Climate change threatens Colorado’s ski industry
Feature: Weed Whackers: Great Basin scientists unleash new weapons to fight invasive cheatgrass
Dam that methane
Capturing our way out of the carbon mess
The mystery of Death Valley’s missing pupfish
Forestry + genetics = A blister rust solution?
Breathing Easy: Asthma group promotes prevention through mobile clinic
Into the Wild: Rue Mapp’s group Outdoor Afro encourages black people to explore nature