Monday, February 6, 2017


Hey folks! Posts on this blog are going to be few and far between for the next couple of months while I prepare to launch the new environmental news site that I announced last week. I still have a handful of articles working their way toward publication, though. Therefore, here's this week's one and only link, for Hakai Magazine:

Hawai‘i Is Being Overrun by Invasive Cannibals

More as I have it -- and lots more in about two months!

Monday, January 30, 2017

An article and a transition

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So this week's only published article was more of an announcement. Here it is:

Not an Extinction, a Transition

That's right, after a decade of freelancing, I have taken a full-time editorial job to create a brand-new environmental news site, which will be affiliated with the Center for Biological Diversity. This independent site, which launches soon, will be the home of my "Extinction Countdown" articles moving forward, as well as other writing about climate change, public lands, environmental health and related topics. There will be hard-hitting investigative journalism, current news, commentary and thought pieces from leaders in the environmental community, and a whole lot more.

Expect to hear more about the new site in the coming weeks and months.

I still have a few completed freelance pieces in the queue at various publishers, and I will continue to write a few things here and there that don't fit the scope of the new site, but for the most part, all of my writing and editorial efforts will now be found in a single location.

So yes, a big transition and a big opportunity to tell meaningful stories that help create change in the world. You can't get much better than that!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Looking back, looking ahead

Good morning! Happy Monday! 2017 is starting to roll along, and I took the occasion to look both back and forward with this week's "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

Conservation Stories You May Have Missed in 2016

Conservation Predictions for 2017

That's it! A short week for my headlines. More (much more) in the weeks and months ahead!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My final article for 2016

Welcome to the end of the year. Phew. We finally got here. What a long, strange trip it's been, huh?

Anyway, I only published one article this week, and it was a look back at ten of my previous articles. How meta, right? Here it is:

The Top 10 Extinction Countdown Articles of 2016

And that brings 2016 to a wrap. See you in the New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Conservation's best and worst of 2016 (plus more)

Hey folks, happy Monday after Christmas. I'm probably heads-down already today (and the rest of this week) working on a top-secret project for early 2017, but meanwhile, the last of my articles for 2016 continue to eke their way out. Want to read the latest? Of course you do.

I'll start with two big "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American, looking back at the year that was. (Fair warning, the second piece is pretty darn bleak.)

The Best Wildlife Conservation Stories of 2016

The Worst Wildlife Conservation Stories of 2016

Next up, my latest for Hakai magazine, on the subject of beach restoration:

Reinforce and Rebuild

Finally this week, here's my latest tech careers article for IEEE-USA InSight:

The Art & Science of Poster Sessions

That's it for this week -- and pretty close to the end for 2016. I know I have at least one more article pending before December 31, so follow me on Twitter for the headline(s) as it (they) happen(s), or come on back here in a few days for another list.

Happy holidays!