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On 9/11: Memories, Manhasset, and Moehringer

I can remember exactly where I was twelve years ago today. It’s a flashbulb memory–a vivid snapshot of the moment and circumstances when you learned about a shocking event. The kind of memory my grandparents’ generation experienced with the assassination of JFK, and the kind of memory my generation experienced with 9/11, and more recently, [...]

Stating the Obvious: Sexual Assault is Not Okay

TRIGGER WARNING. Describes unwanted contact, may be triggering to survivors of harassment or assault. I’m so livid that I don’t even know where to begin. Earlier this week, a Kickstarter project called “Above the Game” was not only funded, but it was funded 800 times over. If you’ve missed out on the internet buzz about [...]

Reporting While Running Toward Danger

“There are three kinds of people who run toward disaster, not away: cops, firemen and reporters.” -Rod Dreher, newspaper columnist I saw this quote on the wall at the Newseum in Washington DC this past autumn, just days before the anniversary of September 11th. While the quote is not entirely accurate, as evidenced by all [...]

To Fence or Not to Fence: That is the Question

To fence, or not to fence: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler for lions to suffer The slings and arrows of outraged farmers, Or to take measures against the wrath of men, And by fencing protect them? Conservation biologists have long debated whether wildlife, and carnivores in particular, should be managed through landscape approaches [...]

A beginner’s guide to Pinterest

Last night I gave a talk with Denise Graveline on using Pinterest for science writers, an event hosted by Science Writers in New York and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. (If you missed it, ASJA has an archive of the event.) Denise has shared her slides and recapped the event on her blog, explaining [...]

Goodbye Green: The State of Environmental Coverage

As you may have gathered from my prior post on the matter, I was very upset when the New York Times closed its environment desk seven weeks ago– fearing that environmental coverage would take a hit at the Times, and that the decision would send the message to other outlets that environmental coverage isn’t a [...]

Freelancers Anonymous Support Group: Conquering Your Freelance Fears

Helpful tips from “”The art, craft and business of freelancing” session at ScienceOnline 2013, moderated by Maggie Koerth-Baker (@maggiekb1) and Charles Choi (@cqchoi). View the story “Freelancers Anonymous Support Group: Conquering Your Freelance Fears” on Storify

Asbury H. Sallenger Jr., Renowned Oceanographer, Dies at 63

Asbury “Abby” H. Sallenger Jr., research oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey and expert on hurricanes and coastal-change, passed away at his home in Pinellas County, Florida last night. He was 63. “Abby was an imaginative researcher and was engaged in his own research, and in the broader community, until the end,” wrote John W. [...]

Science Studio, Podcasts and Ninjas (Oh My!)

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you probably know about the Open Laboratory (now known as The Best Science Writing Online - see badge to the right). For years, Open Lab has been a great way to discover the best of science blogs. But what about all of the other great ways science is [...]

Notes from the Field: Overly Honest Methods (Or, “Ow! I Got Spartina in My Eye!”)

Science (and scientists) struggle with the way they are perceived by the public. Rather than seeing scientists as normal people who are capable of mistakes or humor, scientists are seen as super-smart, unapproachable people who can’t communicate with others. (Just take Sheldon Cooper, for example.) All too often, scientists are seen as white-haired old men [...]

New York Times Dismantles Environment Desk: What Does It Mean For the Beat?

The New York Times has made the decision to close it’s 9-person environment desk, and its two editors and seven reporters will be reassigned to other departments. The decision comes just a few short years after establishing the environment desk back in 2009. No word has been given yet as to the fate of the Green [...]

The Art of Eating Insects

I have a confession to make….I’ve eaten mealworms. Not once, but twice. The first time was accidental, when I was four years old. I was halfway through my bowl of Rice Krispies, when I noticed that some of my krispies were moving. The second time was intentional, when a friend tricked me  talked me into [...]

Review: Chasing Ice

Whether it’s getting in shape, giving up vices, or being more responsible with your finances, today is the day when people around the world make their New Year resolutions. So I want you to resolve to find the nearest theater screening Chasing Ice and go see it. I was lucky enough to see the film at [...]

2012 Recap

This past year was an exciting year for me, full of accomplishments and travel. Some big events and accomplishments from this past year: Launched This Is What A Scientist Looks Like Joined ScienceSeeker as editor for the earth/ecological/environmental sciences Had an essay published in The Best Science Writing Online 2012 Celebrated the 1 year anniversary of the DC Science [...]

What is the insurance industry doing about climate change?

My latest article is up at Ars Technica, and takes a look at the relationship between climate change and the insurance industry. Here’s a look at some of the steps the insurance industry is taking to manage the risks of climate chan...

Demystifying Science Illustration & Infographics

Yesterday the science blogosphere was abuzz with the launch of Phenomena, the new science salon from National Geographic. While most of the United States was sound asleep in their beds, I got my first peek of Phenomena during a wicked bout of insomnia. The design is niiiiiice, but that shouldn’t be surprising, since the folks [...]

Sequencing A Needle In A Haystack

Who would have thought that an elephant could be a needle in a haystack? Yet for conservation geneticists, obtaining samples of endangered species for genetic analysis can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. But new genomic technologies are giving a boost to conservation efforts. In a paper published in PLoS One, [...]

Blue Beyond Borders – A Sandy Benefit

Saturday night I attended “Blue Beyond Borders - Sea Change Through Science and Art”, a Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser for the New York Aquarium. The aquarium is located along the boardwalk in Brooklyn’s Coney Island and is home to 12,000 marine critters. It also happens to be where I  had my 8th birthday party. The New York [...]

Dinos, Dodos, and the Origin of Science Writers

In honor of  The Best Science Writing Online 2012 being released, Brian Switek and I discussed dinos, dodos, and how we stumbled into writing. Brian’s essay, “The Dodo is Dead, Long Live the Dodo!” and my essay, “How to Take the Real Measure of a Man,” were both published in the anthology, which features more than 50 of [...]


  Time for a few announcements: Last Monday, Oh, For the Love of Science! turned four. Hooray! Happy birthday, little blog. Last Tuesday, The Best Science Writing Online 2012 was released. I’m honored to be included in the anthology, and had a wonderful time at the release party. Science-lovers, please go buy this book! I’ve only gotten the [...]

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