Environmental health

Environmental economics

“What’s a fair price to pay for conserving tropical forests?”

North Carolina State University, November 2017

“Tax calculator puts a price tag on land conservation”

North Carolina State University, October 2017

“CEnREP affiliate evaluates new species conservation policy”

North Carolina State University, August 2017

“Does de-regulation make coal-fired power plants less dirty?”

North Carolina State University, March 2017

Investigative Reporting

I wrote three stories about environmental contaminants of drinking water as a reporting intern for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; I contributed reporting to a fourth article. This work began in a spring 2015 journalism class taught by former UW-Madison professor Deborah Blum, who is now directing the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT.

My stories were reproduced in newspapers around the state and covered by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. They were part of the WCIJ’s “Failure at the Faucet” series, which won a regional and national award for excellence in investigative reporting.

“Lead Pipes, Antiquated Law Threaten Wisconsin’s Drinking Water Quality”

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, February 2016

“Lead in Drinking Water Poses Danger for Children, Pregnant Women”

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, January 2016

“Despite State Efforts, Arsenic Continues to Poison Many Private Wells in Wisconsin”

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, January 2016


Using a more personal narrative, I wrote a feature story about environmental protection for the student magazine Curb, published annually by UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Fall 2015 issue of Curb was produced in a class taught by Stacy Forster. I was a member of the Curb Online Team that won the Gold Award in the 2015 “Excellence in Journalism” contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club, in the category “Best Website Design (Collegiate).”

My story’s main characters are monarch butterflies raised in the backyard of Gary and Darcy Hess from tiny eggs to mature adults. Their efforts, supported by the organization Monarch Watch, help conserve a species whose unique annual migration from Canada and the northern U.S. to central Mexico is threatened by global warming and land use changes.

The image below links to my feature story. Hover your mouse over the right side of the video (below the image) to see a slideshow of the monarch’s life cycle (metamorphosis); for a longer version, click here.

For more information about monarch butterflies, click here to see a 4.5-minute time-lapse video (produced by Duncan Scott) of their metamorphosis; click here to see a 6-minute video (produced by Louie Schwartzberg for DisneyNature) of their migration to Mexico.

Header photo credit: Equipe Integrada via Flickr/Creative Commons