Articles: Environment

Sometimes environmental writing means hard-hitting coverage of toxic pollution. Sometimes it means describing the fecundity of a swamp forest, or the elegant simplicity of an alpine meadow. And sometimes it means bearing witness to the decline of an endangered species or the creeping damage caused by climate change. In my environmental writing, I seek a balance. I seek to showcase the natural world without whitewashing humanity's role in it. 

 

Into the Breach, Nature Conservancy magazine
Can busting a levee restore a critical floodplain in Louisiana?

Downwind of the Big Dairy Farm, Nuvo Newsweekly
Eric and Lisa Stickdorn just wanted to live the rural life and raise organic, grass-fed beef. But when a factory farm went in upwind and upstream, they began to fight back. (Winner, Best Coverage of the Environment, Society of Professional Journalists, Indiana Professional Chapter.)

Duck Soup, Audubon
In a floodplain near the Mississippi River is one of the country’s last remaining bottomland forests. The primordial ooze in these soggy woods is home to millions of small fish and insects—enough to feed 300,000 wintering mallards, gadwalls, teals and other ducks.

The Last Frontier, Nature Conservancy magazine
Biologist Jerry Lewis crawls deep into the darkness of America’s caves to shed light on some of the rarest animals on earth.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Weekend, Nature Conservancy magazine
Field biologists and naturalists run a 30-hour race against the clock to catalog the critters along North America’s wildest urban river.

A River Reborn, Audubon
Dam removals in Maine’s Penobscot River watershed could restore one of the last viable populations of Atlantic salmon in the United States.

Reclaiming Prairie Bayous, Illinois Issues
Efforts to drain Illinois started early and never stopped. While legal protections for wetlands are still weak, political support for these critical habitats appears to be gaining ground.
Is it too little, too late?