I'm a freelance journalist currently living beside Puget Sound in Washington state. My ebook from The Atavist, When We Are Called to Part, is about the final days of a remote leprosy settlement in Hawaii.
I'm a 2013 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism, reporting on deep sea mining in Papua New Guinea. These days I write mostly about human interactions with the environment, but I've been known to cover everything from money in politics to the export of human sperm.
I've written for Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera America, The Washington Post, Aeon Magazine, The Verge, Sierra Magazine, PBS's Nova Next, Ensia Magazine, TheAtlantic.com, Salon.com, Orion, Grist, and Yale Environment 360, among others. I'm the former web editor and a current contributing editor of YES! Magazine; once upon a time, I was an intern there, too. I've contributed to a number of books, including This Changes Everything and various editions of Project Censored.
I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee.