Science and environmental writer

I've been a science writer for 30 years, first at a newspaper and now freelance. My work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

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After 100 Years, Scientists Are Finally Starting to Understand the ...

California's Great Gray Owls have been eluding scientists for decades. Now researchers are deploying high-tech eavesdropping technology to learn about the birds — and save them.

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Wiley Online Library

Drones will monitor Norwegian wetlands

Norway is using drones to help assess the effectiveness of wetlands restoration, as part of a comprehensive national plan to be released this spring.

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Green Skies Ahead : Scientific American worldVIEW

A coalition of forest industry representatives, environmental organizations and aviation companies hope to make air travel in Norway greener by laying the groundwork for aviation biofuels. (June 2015)

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Interlochen Public Radio: Seeing fish

Sometimes you just need to look at things a little differently. That's what Steve Palmer did a few years ago and he began seeing fish in the cast-off materials of our consumer culture. 17 Sept. 2013

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Federal protection for Sierra Nevada frogs

This summer, two species of mountain frogs – with bright yellow underbellies and large tadpoles the size of a Snickers bar – have won protection under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). Vol. 12, Issue 8, (Oct. 2014)

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Scientific American

In Deep Water: Will Essential Ocean Currents Be Altered by Climate Change?

Scientists are struggling to get a grasp on the huge volumes of water flowing through the world's oceans. 10 Dec. 2009

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Conservation Magazine: Seeing stars

Using the tools of astrophysics to help save whale sharks. (Spring 2006)

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Scarecrow Press

The Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Vermont Mountains, By Nancy Bazilchuk and Rick Strimbeck

The indispensable guide to the best the Vermont mountains have to offer, with 352 pages of natural and social history that explain what you see as you explore the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Cull of the Wild

Swedish officials have authorized the first-ever licensed hunt of the nation’s wolf (Canis lupus) population since the species was partially protected under Swedish law in 1966. The decision allows hunters to take a total of 27 wolves from the country’s population of more than 200 animals. Vol. 8, Issue 1 (Feb. 2010)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Making wind farms safer for birds

A consortium of energy companies and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA, Trondheim) are investigating whether painting wind turbines black and using ultraviolet (UV) light can reduce avian mortality at wind-energy facilities. Vol. 12, Issue 3 (April 2014)

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Snow Patrol - Audubon Magazine

A writer and her family embark on a cross-country ski quest to see wild reindeer in a powdery, wind-swept Norwegian national park that nearly conquered one legendary explorer. Nov/Dec. 2008

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Science Nordic

Science Nordic: Nansen's legacy lives on 120 years after polar adventure

Fridtjof Nansen’s 120-year old research results still influence polar science today. The Norwegian Polar Institute even hopes to follow in Nansen’s footsteps by freezing their own research vessel into the Arctic ice. 13 June 2013

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Returning salmon to a once-dead river

Over the past four decades, acid rain has hit Norway hard, destroying 25 distinct Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) populations and greatly reducing 20 others. Among the rivers most affected was the Modal River north of Bergen, which lost its Atlantic salmon population in the 1970s.Vol. 12, Issue 5 (June 2014)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Arctic dumping grounds raise questions, concerns

The remote reaches of the Barents and Kara seas have come under increased scrutiny in recent months, after a joint Norwegian–Russian research cruise was dispatched to examine nuclear waste dumped into the ocean decades ago by Russia and the former Soviet Union. Vol. 10, Issue 9 (Nov. 2012)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Ocean acidification adds to Arctic climate change

The acidity of the Arctic Ocean is on the rise, mirroring a worldwide increase of 30% found in surface ocean waters over the past 200 years and posing a host of challenges for an already stressed ecosystem, according to a new study, Arctic Ocean Acidification Assessment, released by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.Vol. 11, Issue 5 (June 2013)