I am a writer, educator and fellow at Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University and the 2022 Jarislowsky Fellow at the University of Waterloo. I am a regular contributor to Yale Environment 360, an international on-line magazine published by the Yale School of the Environment. I have travelled to many ends of the world exploring story ideas. Highlights include skiing to the North Magnetic Pole, a solo 66-day kayak trip along three Arctic rivers, the first descent of the Nanook River in the High Arctic, an illegal trip to Lake Baikal in Siberia during the last days of the Soviet Empire and a wild crazy trip to Chukotka when the autonomous republic was closed to the rest of the world
My articles and photographs also appear in journals such as Policy Options and Foreign Policy Review and in magazines and newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Natural History, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Maclean's Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and the National Post.
I am a proud member of the New York Times Bog Squad https://www.nytimes.com/explain/2022/05/05/headway/peatlands-wetlands-bogs-swamps-fen
& I sit on the advisory council for the Jarislowky Foundation and its support for the University of Waterloo’s Global Engagement seminars.
I was recently featured in the National Geographic documentary "The Last Ice" and in “Frozen Obsession” which was aired on PBS throughout the United States in 2021.
I am the recipient of numerous awards for my writings. Among them are the U.S. based Grantham Prize, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, the Southam Fellowship, the Knight Science Fellowship at MIT, and the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal, which honours an individual who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of science.
My latest book Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs and the Improbable World of Peat was made a “top pick” by the Wall Street Journal. Sierra Magazine included it in its list of four "must read" books. Library Journal described it as a "powerful, impressive feat of popular science." In “wholeheartedly” recommending the book, the Oryx, International Journal of Conservation described it as “love letter to a landscape so little thought of. . . “packed with expedition anecdotes, scientific facts and insights into human history.
For more information about me, see the Questions and Answer article in the New York Times . https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/world/canada/extreme-fires-canada-letter.html
For an independent profile, visit Yale University’s Forum on Climate Change and the Media.
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