Archaeologists identify a 2,000-year-old tattoo needle
National Geographic, Februrary 2019
The tool is made from a bundle of prickly pear cactus spines, their tips saturated with dark pigment, inserted into a handle carved from lemonade sumac and bound with yucca fiber.
Seeking sanctuary in Trump country
Pacific Standard, May 2018
This is Rosa's life now: avoiding deportation by remaining on church grounds.
The Atlantic, March 2018
For a decade, zookeepers have known that something strange was stopping gorillas’ hearts—and now they’re beginning to trace the culprit to their guts.
Outside, February 2018
An investigation of sexual harassment in outdoor workplaces, where unwanted advances, discrimination, and assault are a frequent and destructive occurrence for far too many women.
Too Sick to Go Home, Too Poor to Get Better
Utne Reader/The New Territory, Fall 2017
Lenwa's family worries that the coming winter will be hard on her, as it is on most elders who grew up without winter; who came to the United States to get better but are dying instead.
Adventure Journal, October 2017
To belong to a place, sometimes you have to confront the darkness.
Following ancient footsteps
High Country News, October 2017
In the Southwest, Pueblo people are helping archaeologists untangle the science of human migrations.
Nature might hold the secret to healing police-community relations
Outside, December 2016
In Baltimore, a newly mandatory Outward Bound program brings together police and local kids to take steps toward easing tensions.
Soaking a bunch of toads in their own bacteria could save their lives
FiveThirtyEight, October 2016
Biologist Valerie McKenzie is trying to use endangered toads’ own microbes to save their lives.
High Country News, July 2016
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
High Country News, June 2016
How a Utah county silenced Native American voters for decades -- and how Navajos are fighting back.
Stop telling women not to go into the backcountry alone
Adventure Journal, March 2016
It's not the wilderness that's a threat -- it's what we find in the front-country.
Navigating a rising sea
Smithsonian, February 2016
Science and tradition resurrect a lost art in the Marshall Islands.
Eva Saulitis's eloquent goodbye
Orion, January 2016
A brutally real, painfully beautiful glimpse of what it’s like to carry a body battered by cancer through a world also battered by cancer.
Hakai Magazine, November 2015
Can Marshall Islanders whose lives are tied to the sea maintain their culture in landlocked Oklahoma?
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
High Country News, October 2015
Alaska's pragmatic senior senator wants to reshape America's energy strategy. You just don't want to see her when she's mad.
The solace of lonely places
High Country News, Nov. 2014
Why, when our hearts are as raw as a piece of meat pecked at by ravens, are we drawn to one of the most unforgiving places imaginable?
High Country News, August 2015
Ancient artifacts in the thawing North vanish before archaeologists can document them.
Arctic off-shore drilling hits home
High Country News, June 2015
Jake is the second-oldest of the 12 Adams’ children. Diana is the ninth. They do not discuss drilling at the dinner table.
High Country News, Dec. 2014
Do mountain goats belong in Utah's La Sal Mountains?
Alaska's middle finger to the feds
Slate, October 2014
Last year, the Park Service spent about $100,000 studying wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The state spent roughly the same amount to kill them.
Zen and the art of wildflower science
High Country News, Sept. 2014
The desire to understand this one place has surpassed science and become a kind of love.
High Country News: October 2013
In rural Alaska, villages struggle to keep their schools open.
The toxic legacy of Exxon-Valdez
High Country News: March 2014
Scientists predicted Prince William Sound would recover within 15 years, but today, residual oil continues to harm both human and ecological communities.
The place where you live: Vermont, for now
Orion magazine: April 2012
As my restless twenties roll by, I find that the place I live is ever-evolving, the outward reflection of something deeply internal.
The journey or the destination?
New Zealand Wilderness: September 2013
In New Zealand's wildest corner, a debate pitting wilderness against tourism hits home for a family of homesteaders.
Cleaning Dad's apartment
The Valley News: June 2012
First, there are the ashtrays: several in every room, all overflowing with Parliament Lights, clouds of fine grey ash rising from them as if from tiny cancerous volcanos.