Freelance Writer 1984-Present

In-depth long-form stories about science, natural resources and the environment.

Short news pieces haikuesque in comparison.

Publications include Audubon, National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, Popular Science, Environmental Health Perspectives, OnEarth, The Daily Climate, Yes! High Country News, The Sacramento Bee, Utne Reader, Appalachia, California Trees, Nature Conservancy, Water Deeply.


Northern Exposure • February 2013-Present

Northern Exposure: News From Far Northern California, an opinion column focusing on environmental issues from Mendocino to Modoc counties.

Appears on the first Sunday of the monthly in Forum, The Sacramento Bee’s Sunday op-ed section.



Mentor Program co-coordinator, Society of Environmental Journalists, 2006-Present.

J.P. Morgan Public Power and Gas Conference, New York, speaker: “Clean Energy From Filthy Water,” Scientific American feature story, 2010.

Plumas Sketches, anecdotal history of Plumas County, California, 2002.

Across the View, Tokyo radio talk show, regular guest, 1992-1998.

Dyer Mountain lookout, Lassen National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, 1970.

Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan, English language instructor, 1965-1967.



"Burn Notice," Excellence in Journalism for Science, Environment and Health Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, 2016.

"Officials Wise Up About Risk of Building Homes in the 'Stupid Zone,'" Benjamin Franklin Writer's Award, National Fire Heritage Center, 2016.

“A Tale of Two Forests: Postnuclear Radiation at Chernobyl and Fukushima,” Outstanding Feature Story, Society of Environmental Journalists, 2014.

Metcalf Institute, Fellow, Climate Change Science Seminar, 2013.

David Stolberg Award for Meritorious Service, Society of Environmental Journalists, 2013.

“Hope Rising: Mono Lake Refills,” First Place, Consumer & Environmental Affairs Reporting, Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, 2000.

Numerous first-place awards for investigative and in-depth reporting, National Newspaper Association, California Newspaper Publishers Association, 1987-1989.



Fukushima & Chernobyl, a series of stand-alone stories about radiation in forest ecosystems. Written with Winifred A. Bird. Appeared in Environmental Health Perspectives, Earth Island Journal and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2013.

Tanzania: A Case Study of Agriculture and Conservation. Written/researched with Dawn Stover for Conservation International, 2010.

The 2003 Watershed Forum, California Watershed Council, writer/researcher, 2003.

Embracing Community-Based Forestry, Report to the Ford Foundation, writer/researcher, 2002.

Sacramento State of the Trees Report: A Call to Action, writer/researcher, 2000.

The Maidu Baskets of Lilly Baker, oral history and photographic documentation of the Maidu art of basket weaving, Plumas County Museum, Quincy, California, 1985.



Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. M.A., Japanese Cultural History. Thesis: Expressions of Zen Buddhism in the Pottery of the Iga and Shigaraki Kilns.

Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. B.A., English Literature. Thesis: Time and Motion in The Canterbury Tales.

North Penn High School, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.



American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Gwynedd Friends Meeting.

Plumas Arts.

Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers Association.

Society of Environmental Journalists.