Reading to Write
It all started when...
I was asked to develop and then run an online writing fellowship for IEEE Earthzine. The project, now wrapping up work with a third cohort of talented students, forces me to set aside stories I think are exceptional for one reason or another, which I then use as supplemental reading assignments. Since our course website is private, I thought I would duplicate the list for others. Some of these pieces represent, to me, all that is good in the world of both writing and scientific communication, like Rebecca Altman's essay American petro-topia; others are playful or tackle storytelling in a unique way, like Shanna Baker and Mark Garrison's Cuttlefish Brawl.
It is, by no means complete and if you have suggestions for additions, I'd love to hear from you!
* Keep checking back; I'm always updating this list. And, send me links to stories you enjoyed reading recently -- I'll add them to our list! *
- Rachel Carson's Under the Sea Wind (also see A Silent Spring)
- Robert Kunzig's Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science
- Peter Godfrey Smith's Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
- Sylvia Earle's The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One
- Carl Safina's Eye of an Albatross
Articles, Podcasts, and Multimedia
- Darcy Frey's George Divoky's Planet
- David Owen's The World is Running Out of Sand
- Hannah Hoag and Marcus Westberg's Sea Change
- Rebecca Altman's American petro-topia
- Rebecca Altman's How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World
- Kale Williams's series The Loneliest Polar Bear
- Ferris Jabr's The Lunar Sea
- Christopher Norment's A Case for Wonder
- Carl Zimmer's Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find
- Ocean Science Radio Podcast's Ocean Loving 5
- Peter Dykstra's Forewarned
- Madeline Ostrander's On the thawing tundra, researchers race to understand black carbon’s climate impact
- Jude Isabella and Meigan Henry's A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again
- Shanna Baker and Mark Garrison's Cuttlefish Brawl
- Geoff Brumfiel's Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home
- Ross Anderson's Exodus
- KQED Deep Look's What Happens When You Zap Coral With The World's Most Powerful X-ray Laser?
- Theodora Sutcliffe's Reef Avengers
- Larry Pynn's Drawing Meaning from Death, One Seabird at a Time
- Ross Anderson's Welcome to Pleistocene Park
- Jenny Woodman's The Women 'Computers' Who Revolutionized Astronomy (*** I include this piece not because I think it is paricularly excellent, but the story is one I am partial too!)
- Jacob Mikanowski's Wild thing - How and why did humans domesticate animals – and what might this tell us about the future of our own species?
- Tim Radford's A manifesto for the simple scribe – my 25 commandments for journalists
- Julie Leibach's A Tale of Two Glassworkers and Their Marine Marvels
- Lauren Lipuma's How stories captivate an audience
- Julie Leibach's Coral Sperm Banks: A Safety Net for Reefs?
- MatthewMillerBattle of the Ash Borer
- Tom Yulsman's Storygram: Cally Carsewell's "The Tree Coroners"
- Katheryn Schulz's The Really Big One
- Jon Cohen's Zoo Futures
- Besley and Dudo's Science communication training should be about more than just how to transmit knowledge
- Osha Gray Davidson's Even the Bottom of the Grand Canyon is Now Contaminated
- Rob Davis's Oregon’s Only Saltwater Lake Is Disappearing, and Scientists Don't Know Why
- Lucas Laursen's Nicaraguan villagers building electric grid
- Marshall et al. Losing Ground\
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Study Contrasts Effects of Two Types of So-Cal Fires
- David Owen’s Disappearing Colorado River
- Amy Quinton's California Burning
- Martin A. Schwartz's The importance of stupidity in scientific research
- Timothy Wheeler's Exploring the Atlantic’s Deep Coral-Lined Canyons
- Carl Zimmer's Tending the Body's Microbial Garden