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.
Norwegian wood may power tomorrow’s air travel
With more than 2,500 kilometers of coastline rumpled by deep fjords and rugged mountains, Norway seems tailor-made for the airline industry. In fact, industry experts are known to joke that “When God created Norway, he was thinking about aviation.”
Now, 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.
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.
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)
Scientists are struggling to get a grasp on the huge volumes of water flowing through the world's oceans. 10 Dec. 2009
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.
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)