Environmental and Public Health

After Hurricane Harvey, using prairie plants to absorb flood water.

This is a longform article for the University of Texas alumni magazine, Alcalde.

Beavers create manageable floods that help the land.

This article is for National Wildlife Federation.

How green spaces (and equitable access to them) are good for the mind and soul.

This 1200-word article is for American Forests.

West Coast cities and wildfire public health.

This 1500-word article is for Smart Cities Dive.

As terns struggle to feed their young, a biologist sees a warning sign.

This 1200-word profile is for University of Washington Alumni Magazine.

Wildfires, Population Growth, 50 Years of Salt Lake Water: An EPA Study

In 2015, wildfires burned in a watershed supplying parts of Napa County, California. As climate change causes more wildfires in the western United States, such erosion is expected to increase within watersheds. A researcher and his colleagues are studying this and other impacts of drought and extreme events on water quality in an area of the Intermountain West where the population is expected to nearly double by 2050. This piece is for the University of Utah Water Center.

Minnesota Magazine

Seeing Nature Everywhere

Author Julia Corbett on how “everyday” nature can help us focus on issues like climate change.

Minnesota Magazine

The Mushroom Man

This profile for the University of Minnesota alumni magazine addresses invasive species and mycology. It starts: The call arrived at 7 p.m. from a hospital in Davis County, Utah. A worried emergency room doctor wanted University of Utah mycologist Bryn Dentinger (Ph.D. ’07) to identify a mushroom possibly eaten by a boy who was a patient.


Forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni keeps nature in touch

Forest ecologist and University of Utah professor Nalini Nadkarni’s work with incarcerated peoples and in academic outreach, including diatom dresses, are topics in this higher-education profile.


Whale Researcher Uses Coding Skills

In this piece for Science Careers magazine, Woods Hole marine scientist and whale researcher Mark Baumgartner discusses his technology background.

University of Utah Water Center

Assessing Risk in Water

“It’s not enough to say ‘yes, there are pathogens and people can get sick,’” says Dr. Jennifer Weidhaas. “We need to get suggestions to decision-makers so they can improve their system.”


A Canal Flows in Brooklyn

A new book by Joseph Alexiou, A06, traces the history of the poisoned and picturesque Gowanus waterway between Carroll Gardens and Red Hook, Brooklyn. He began writing about New York history after living in the neighborhood.

On Wisconsin

Lisa Nett ’97: Arbor Day All The Time

For Lisa Nett ’97, a tree doesn’t just grow in Brooklyn — it also merits an appreciative look and a flash of recognition. This piece for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s alumni magazine, OnWisconsin, is about an alum’s tree-ID classes in New York City.

Johns Hopkins Magazine

Urban forager Ava Chin releases new book

This piece for Johns Hopkins Magazine is about Ava Chin, former “Urban Forager” columnist for The New York Times and currently an associate professor of writing at the College of Staten Island; and her book, Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal (Simon & Schuster).

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Catherine B. Arnold is a hired pen writing about science, health, urbanism, and wildly unrelated areas. She’s published articles in the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Science Careers, Bicycling, and NBC Health; and does content marketing for NGOs, universities, organizations, and companies.