Contributors

CURATORS and EDITORS 

Kristen French is a freelance writer on science, public health and the environment, with particular interest in psychiatry, neurology, robots and climate change. She has written features and news for New York, OnEarth, Guernica and Popular Mechanics magazines, among other publications. Pre-Columbia, she was writing and editing stories about stockbrokers and white-collar criminals. She got her start as a journalist in Santiago, Chile, where she lived for five years, savoring the smog, the pisco sours, and the post-Pinochet revival.

Kate Ferguson is a health editor and science writer who works in New York City and lives in Hackensack, New Jersey. Although she only has empirical evidence to back this up, she’s a big believer that fitness and fun are the best medicine to improve most anything that ails you. She is currently the editor in chief of Real Health magazine.

Roberto Kaz is a journalist from Brazil. He has written for Nautilus and for major Brazilian publications. His first book, “O Livro dos Bichos” (The Book of the Animals), was published in 2015.

Davey Alba is a science and technology reporter originally hailing from Manila, Philippines. Prior to completing her master’s degree in science journalism at Columbia University, she worked at Gizmodo, Wired, and Laptop Magazine. Since graduating, she has interned at IEEE Spectrum, and is currently an associate technology editor at Popular Mechanics. Davey is most interested in covering topics where science, innovation, and personal human stories intersect.

Allison Maier has worked as a reporter on both sides of the country — writing for several daily newspapers in Montana before heading to New York City, where she covered environmental stories for The New York World. She received an M.A. in science journalism from Columbia University in 2012. When she is home by herself, she fancies herself a science fiction writer.

David Funkhouser is a writer, editor and web content manager for the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City. His work focuses on earth sciences research and sustainable development. He also is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant, The New Haven Register and other publications. David launched the Metropolis of Science website.

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR and FACULTY ADVISOR 

Marguerite Holloway is Director of Science and Environmental Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is author of The Measure of Manhattan, the story of the surveyor who laid the grid plan on the city.

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DESIGNERS

Meredith Melnick and Michael Krisch

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WALKING TOUR APP DEVELOPER

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga

Technical help by David Riordan

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ADVISORS

Special thanks to Wallace Scot McFarlane, Sean Thomas O’Neil, and Philip Cherian of the History Department for their advice and guidance and overall help.

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WRITERS 

Jessica Camille Aguirre is an expert at cracking peanuts. She likes producing radio pieces and she really likes writing. Her work has appeared in NPR, Salon, OnEarth and Yes Magazine. And in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, the finest community newspaper in New England.

Livia Albeck-Ripka is an Australian journalist living in New York City. She writes about identity, culture, and humanity’s complicated relationship with the environment. Livia has worked in Italy, where she covered migration and religion (and learnt how to order food in Italian) and in Australia, where she was deputy editor of Dumbo Feather Magazine. She has written for various American and international publications including The AtlanticQuartz and VICE. 

Christie Chisholm is an associate editor and production editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, where she dabbles in media dissection and design. She’s won awards for her reporting on the environment, mental health, animal issues, and sex politics, but she has and will write about most anything. A New Mexico expat, she now lives in Brooklyn with a large dog that looks like a raccoon.

Laura Dattaro is an American print journalist who writes about the intersection of science and policy. She is particularly interested in space exploration and physics, and considers the time she interviewed an astronaut a life achievement. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore City Paper, and Johns Hopkins Magazine, among others.

Marie Doezema has worked for the past ten years as a writer, editor, radio and television producer in the U.S., France, Japan and Qatar. She is currently based in Paris as a correspondent for various international publications, a global journalism adviser at the Sorbonne’s journalism school, and a reporter/producer for an African television network producing news in French, English and Arabic.

Salimah Ebrahim is a Canadian print, broadcast and photo journalist. She has lived and reported around the world, covering such subjects as the war in Iraq, Middle Eastern youth demographics, the White House and environmental-security challenges in Africa. Interested in the intersection of science, art and innovation, she is hoping to spend a lot more time knocking on lab and studio doors in the years to come.

Dan Egan, a two-time Pulitzer finalist, has been a newspaper reporter for the past twenty years in Colorado, Idaho and Utah. For the past decade he has been covering Great Lakes issues for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A University of Michigan alumnus, Dan graduated from Columbia University’s M.A. science journalism program in 2012. He is a Wisconsin native and lives a few blocks from Lake Michigan with his wife and four young children. In his spare time he enjoys biking, skiing, the Green Bay Packers and splashing around at a nearby beach.

Danielle Elliot is a freelance writer and television features producer based in New York. Prior to earning her M.A. in science journalism at Columbia University, she covered sports, health, and food for regional publications across New Jersey and New York. She also field produced video at six U.S. Open Championships and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Robert S. Eshelman is the environment editor at Vice. He was an associate producer at “Years of Living Dangerously,” a documentary series about climate change. His articles have appeared in The American Prospect, The Baffler, Scientific American, The Nation, Mother Jones and Abu Dhabi’s The National, among other print and online publications.

Alexis Fitts, stunt girl journalist, specializes in stories about science, medicine and the environment – particularly the intersection of the brain and behavior, and the effects of climate on public health. Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, Wired, Salon, the San Francisco Public Press, the New Haven Advocate and a hodgepodge of online and printed publications. In a previous lifetime she studied English at Yale, and she’ll recite Chaucer from memory if you ask nicely.

Isabella Gomes is a public health journalist who has worked as a researcher investigating Brazil’s Caesarean section epidemic, antibiotic resistance and tuberculosis in South Africa. She has written about mass incarceration, one of the world’s foremost lock-pickers and the psychological challenges faced by scientists stationed at the South Pole.

Serusha Govender is an award-winning freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster based both in New York and Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s reported extensively on water pollution, drought and famine, food security, mining and fracking, sustainable energy, climate change, and deforestation. Serusha has a soft spot for endangered species and has spent several years reporting on anti-poaching and conservation efforts from various colorful locations across Africa, Asia, and South America.

Kamala Kelkar is a longtime journalist who has reported on environmental and social issues in the San Francisco Bay Area, South Asia and the Arctic. She’s been a staff reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, News Corporation’s iPad app The Daily and the Indian Express, a national daily based in Delhi. Her work also appears in Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal and Vice, among many other outlets.

Amita Parashar Kelly is an editor at NPR’s Tell Me More, a daily national talk program based in Washington DC. She produces news and features stories including on health, technology and education. Prior to joining NPR, she was an assignment editor at NBC News and web reporter at Kaiser Health News, a non-profit news service. She holds an MA from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and BA from Wellesley College.

Owen Kibenge began working as a journalist in 1996 and pursued degrees in journalism at Columbia University from 2008 through 2010. He has worked as a reporter for Thomson Reuters in New York and is currently working for the World Bank as a consultant. He lives in New York City with his wife Maria and son Philip.

Kirk Klocke is a medical reporter, blogger and humorist. He specializes in blending astute observations of people and nature with vivid storytelling underpinned by evidence-based scientific themes and research. He has written about science and medicine for International Business Times, Scientific American Blogs, Mayo Clinic, the Marine Science and Technology Foundation, and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Kirk holds both a Master of Science and Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia University.

Aditi Malhotra is a journalist from India’s capital city, where she spent four years reporting and writing a wide range of stories for The Wall Street Journal. Many of the stories she reported on made her interested in the impact of science on individuals, communities and culture. She is drawn to covering public health and its intersection with climate change, technology, gender and inequality.

Vivien Marx has written for The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Boston Globe, Science, Nature, The Lancet, and New Scientist, among other publications. She also works as an editor and reporter for Nature and Nature Methods. Her website: http://www.vivienmarx.com

Peggy Mihelich writes and edits for the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. She has worked for CNN reporting on science and technology, and for Essence.com.

Marissa Miley is a freelance journalist who specializes in health and the environment. In 2010, she earned her M.A. in Journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow in science and health writing.

Nayantara Narayanan is a science journalist writing about climate change, energy and the environment. Since graduating from Columbia’s M.A. science journalism program in 2012, she has covered stories ranging from the drought in the U.S. Midwest to climate adaptation strategies in Nigeria and pollution in China for ClimateWire. She has also written for the New York Genome Center’s blog and her work has appeared in Scientific American. She has several years of experience in television as a business news producer.

Donna B. Owens is an award-winning multiplatform journalist whose work has appeared in media outlets that include NPR, the Chicago Tribune, NBC’s Thegrio.com, and O, the Oprah Magazine, to name a few. Donna has held staff positions as a producer and investigative reporter for CBS and NBC stations nationwide, and  covered  politics and other beats for Maryland newspapers. She’s visited Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean and co-authored three Fodor’s travel books.  Donna is the recipient of numerous journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Public Radio News Directors Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists, among others.  Currently based in New York City, she is an M.A. candidate in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Email her at dmo2122@columbia.edu.

Ankur Paliwal is a science journalist from India, with a special interest in global health, climate change and inequality. Currently, he is a health reporting fellow with The GroundTruth Project, writing about infectious disease surveillance in South Asia. He enjoys reporting from rural and remote areas of this world.

Laura Petersen is a reporter for Energy & Environment Publishing, a Washington, D.C.-based online news organization. Petersen, who graduated from Columbia’s M.A. science journalism program in 2010, covers ocean science, conservation and management, as well as fisheries and endangered species.

Carrie Peyton-Dahlberg is editor of the North Coast Journal, a weekly news magazine in California. She is a former medical writer for the Sacramento Bee.

Shruti Ravindran is a freelance journalist based in New York. Her reporting interests include ecology, pollution, and issues related to public health, including toxicology, psychiatry, and medical research. Before enrolling in the MA in Science journalism degree at Columbia, she was a New Delhi-based features for six years, writing on the environment, health, human rights, arts and culture.

Tik Root is a freelance journalist. He’s worked in Yemen, Spain, Rwanda, Russia and the U.S. covering everything from Al-Qaeda to youth issues and faith-based environmentalism. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Washington Post, and the BBC, among other outlets.

Dan Rosen is a New York-based writer with a master’s degree in science writing from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Currently, he works for the Columbia Business School. Prior to that, he was at the American Museum of Natural History, where he learned an awful lot about spiders writing the 2012 exhibition, Spiders Alive!

Jana Schlütter is a Berlin-based freelancer focusing on neuroscience, psychology, biology and medicine. An alumna of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has written for Nature, Die Zeit, SPIEGEL Online and other publications. Currently, she is a science reporter at the newspaper Tagesspiegel.

Um-e-Kulsoom Shariff is a broadcast journalist from India. She is currently working as a senior anchor and senior reporter with NDTV 24×7, one of the leading English news channels. When not in the studio anchoring newscasts, she is reporting from the field. Um-e-Kulsoom has also covered international stories like the earthquake in Bam, Iran, the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy and the Boston marathon explosions.

Caitlin Shure is a science and culture journalist who identifies, first, as a New Yorker. A passionate patron of the sciences, her favorite fields include: evolution, neuroscience, genetics, and gender/sexuality. If journalism dies, Caitlin will start writing science musicals.

Rob Verger is a science and health journalist whose work has appeared in Vice, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast and other publications. He loves writing about medicine, the environment, and climate change, and his stories have touched on everything from maternal health in Ethiopia, to nuclear testing in Kazakhstan, to how global warming is affecting bumblebee habitats.

Harriet Washington is a former science editor who has held fellowships in public health and medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, and publishing and journalism fellowships at Stanford University. Her work appears in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as in popular outlets in the U.S. and Europe, where she frequently lectures. Her books include Deadly Monopolies and Medical Apartheid, and she has worked as an oboist and classical-music announcer for public radio.

Greg Watry is a writer from northwest New Jersey. His work has appeared in the New Jersey Herald, R&D magazine, Shotgun Honey and The Molotov Cocktail, among other publications.

David Zax is a journalist living in Brooklyn. He is a contributing writer at Fast Company and contributing editor at MIT Technology Review.