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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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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: 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)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Reining in reindeer on South Georgia Island

Earlier this year, teams of Norwegian Government sharpshooters and Sami
reindeer herders culled 3500 introduced reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) on South Georgia Island in an effort to restore the sub-Antarctic island’s native ecosystem. Vol. 11, Issue 4 (May 2013)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: The skeletons in the closet - clothes

Making textiles for clothing can
consume nearly a pound of chemicals for each pound of fiber produced, just in the dyeing and finishing process. Vol. 9, Issue 10 (Dec. 2011)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Listening to the Baltic

The hums, booms, crackles, and
whines of the Baltic Sea’s underwater soundscape are being mapped for the first time by a consortium of researchers from six Baltic countries. Vol. 11, Issue 3 (April 2013)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Mackerel wars

Thanks to sustainable management,
Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) is one of the few wild-caught ocean fish that can be consumed without a guilty conscience. Photo: Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) by Petar Milošević, Wikipedia. Vol. 8, Issue 8 (Oct. 2010)

Arcticfox article
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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Double trouble for Arctic animals

When raising their young, Arctic
animals must often dip deep into
their fat reserves, thereby releasing fat-soluble contaminants that may be stored in their bodies. Vol. 9, Issue 5 (June 2011)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Scientific communication could help the Arctic

Populations of high-Arctic vertebrate species have declined by an average of 26% over the past 34 years, according to a report commissioned by the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum representing the world’s eight circumpolar nations. Vol. 8, Issue 5 (June 2010)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Pacific oysters invade Norway

Three years ago, the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) could be found in just two locations along the Norwegian coast. Today, they have been tallied at over 50 sites in the southern half of the country, and as far north as Hordaland in mid-Norway. Vol. 8, Issue 3 (April 2010)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Arctic ice, ecosystems changing fast

As this year’s Arctic sea-ice coverage shrank toward record summer lows, a synthesis report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP; Oslo, Norway) described other regional global warming trends, including a fourfold loss in mass of the Greenland Ice Sheet as compared with conditions between 1995 and 2000. Vol. 9, Issue 8 (Oct. 2011)

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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Barents Sea gets a good report card

The numbers are in – unlike many oceans around the globe, the Barents Sea receives high marks in 2011 for being generally clean and highly productive, with Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) stocks at a historical high, according to a report “Barents Sea: State of the Environment, Annual Assessment” (in Norwegian) issued by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR; Bergen, Norway). Vol. 9, Issue 9 (Nov. 2011)