Monday, February 8, 2016

Zika, Heavy Metals and Poachers

Hey folks, welcome once again to my Monday morning look back at my latest articles.

Last week I published five new articles. I think I turned in two or three others that will be coming out at some point in the next month. It's tough balancing all of this work, but it's also deeply satisfying.

Okay, let's start the list with three new articles for TakePart, including yet another elephant-related article (don't worry, this time it's good news!):

Conservationists Rush to Save the Congo’s Last 38 Giraffes

Is the Zika Virus (or Something Worse) Killing Nicaragua’s Monkeys?

500 African Elephants Are Moving to a New Home

Next up, two new "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American, neither of which are good news:

Heavy: Caspian Turtles Are Polluted by Toxic Lead, Mercury and Cadmium

Poachers Steal 7 Million South African Abalones a Year

Finally this week, here's one of my older SciAm articles that just got translated into Spanish:

El exterminador de estrellas de mar: un robot patrulla las aguas de la Gran Barrera de Coral 

Look for more soon. Follow me on Twitter to get the latest headlines as they happen!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Elephant Week + Impending Extinctions

Boy, the endangered species beat sure is keeping me busy these days. I published six articles last week, all about species that are either endangered, nearly extinct, or somewhat at risk.

But let's start with the one good-news story in the bunch. Here it is, my latest story for Vice's Motherboard imprint:

How Do You Save an Elephant’s Tusk? Ask a Materials Engineer

Next up, three new "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Just Got 25 Percent Closer to Extinction

Think Manatees are Recovered? Look Farther South

Sleeping Sickness Parasite Susceptible to Extinction Because It Hasn't Had Sex in 10,000 Years

And rounding out this batch of publications, here are two new ones for TakePart, including my second elephant article for the week:

Zoos Pledge to Fight Palm Oil's Big Threat to Pygmy Elephants

Overhunting Tapirs, Monkeys, and Other Rainforest Animals Makes Climate Change Worse

Well, that's enough extinction news for one sitting. Make sure to follow me on Twitter for more happy news as it happens.

(Seriously, though, I know this is all heady stuff, but it's my privilege to tell these stories. Thanks for reading and for caring.)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dead Rhinos and Killer Plants

Hey folks, it's Monday morning again and you know what that means: it's time for my weekly look back at the headlines that were.

Last week brought three new publications (although I worked on about half-dozen other articles). Here they are, two for Scientific American and one for TakePart:

2015: Deadliest Year Ever for Rhinos

Invasive Goldenrod is Killing Europe's Ants and Butterflies

Landfills Have Become Giant Bird Feeders for Europe’s White Storks

It's a short list this week, but don't worry -- I'll be sure to have a few longer lists for you in the weeks to come!

Before I go, here's something completely different: a few seconds of video of me testing a pair of virtual reality goggles at a recent journalism conference:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mermaid Ivory and Other Conundrums

2016 is off to an amazing start. As January rockets ahead I find myself working on a ton of new articles -- many of which will challenge both me (as a writer) and you (as the reader). It's going to be a fun and interesting year, let me tell you.

But enough about the future. Let's look at last week, which brought forth four new articles from my keyboard. Here are the first two, for Scientific American:

The Surprising (and Mostly Legal) Trade in "Mermaid Ivory"

From Dune to Done? Drought Caused Sudden Decline in Rare Lizard's Genetic Diversity

And here are two more, for TakePart:

These Are the Most Dangerous Kinds of Plastic Polluting the Ocean

See Where Wild Bees Are Disappearing Across the U.S.

On a completely different note, I also got interviewed about how journalists can get the most out of scientific conferences. I think I learned more from what other writers had to say, to be honest, but you can check the whole thing out here.

That's it for this week. More headlines next Monday, or follow me on Twitter for headlines as they happen.

Monday, January 11, 2016

First articles of 2016!

Happy New Year, folks! (Well, happy eleven days into the new year, but you get the drift.)

Things are already hopping in front of the old keyboard here. I wrote four articles in the first work week of 2016 and put about twice as many others in motion. It's going to be a busy, fun, exciting, interesting year!

As usual, here's my weekly link list of the previous week's publications. I'll start this time with three new articles for TakePart, including my first article specifically about climate change in quite a while:

A New Threat Lurks in Greenland's Melting Ice

The U.S. Military Could Wipe Out This Tiny Pacific Island Bird

Farming Frogs Can Save Them From Extinction

I also got moving on this year's "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American with this update on one of my favorite species:

Are Florida Manatees A Conservation Success Story or Are They Still in Danger?

That's it this time around. Join me on Twitter for more headlines as they happen, or come on by here next Monday for the full list.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Final Articles for 2015

The clock is ticking down on the final hours of 2015, so let's take a moment to list my final articles for this incredible year.

I wrote a ton of great articles in 2015, and this final batch serves as a pretty nice cap to it all. They're all about endangered species and they cover a pretty broad, interesting group of wildlife.

So here they are, starting with three new pieces (well, two articles and one recap) for Scientific American:

African Lions Finally Gain Endangered Species Act Protection

Resplendent Quetzal, Sacred Bird of Maya and Aztecs, Faces Extinction Risk

Ten Conservation Headlines that Defined 2015

And here are the last two, for TakePart:

Endangered Sea Otters Have a New Problem: Overpopulation

The Final Countdown: Vaquita Porpoises Could Go Extinct in Two Years

That's it for now -- and for this year. Expect a lot more in 2016. I hope it's a great year for all of us.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Killer Robots, Killer Cats and Killer Humans

I did not write a single word last week -- I spend almost the entire time at a conference in San Francisco learning about marine mammals -- but all the same a ton of articles I wrote over the past few weeks all managed to appear.

Here's the coolest, a short article for the January 2016 print issue of Scientific American, which is already online:

A Starfish-Killing, Artificially Intelligent Robot Is Set to Patrol the Great Barrier Reef

Speaking of SciAm, here are my latest two "Extinction Countdown" articles:

Lost Butterfly Rediscovered After 56 Years

Feral Cats Are Killing Off One of Australia's Cutest Marsupials

Sticking with the killer theme of the week, here's a new article for TakePart:

How to Save Sharks From Extinction

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

Got Expertise? Become An Expert Source

The next two weeks won't see too much on the publication front -- we're counting down to the end of the year and many of my editors will be taking time off (as I should be, as well) -- but come back next week for a headline or two. And follow me on Twitter for stories as they happen!