Best Minds & Best Writing
Conservation Magazine‘s overriding goal is to engage the top thinkers and writers of our time in conservation’s evolving narrative. Learn more about a few of the writers, scientists, and illustrators featured in our pages.
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Charles Alexander is a contributing editor. In the July-September 2005 issue he comments on the much-debated Internet manifesto “The Death of Environmentalism” and offers a nonpartisan prescription for the “not-dead-yet” patient. During his 23-year career at Time magazine, Alexander served as a business reporter, writer, editor, science editor, and international editor. For 13 years, he directed Time‘s award-winning environmental coverage, including the 1989 “Planet of the Year” report, the “Earth Day 2000 Special Edition,” and the 2001 “Global Warming” cover. From 1998 to 2000, he edited “Heroes for the Planet,” a series of profiles of people who have done inspiring work to protect the environment.
Guy Billout is an artist and illustrator. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and elsewhere. The January-March 2007 and January-March 2003 issues feature cover art by Billout.
An icon of the environmental and counterculture movements of the 1960s, Brand created and edited The Whole Earth Catalog (1968-1985); the 1972 issue of the Catalog sold 1.5 million copies and won a National Book Award. In 1988, he became a cofounder of the Global Business Network. Since then, he has cofounded The Long Now Foundation and the All Species Foundation. His most recent books are How Buildings Learn (1994) and The Clock of the Long Now (1999). In 1994, Brand was featured on the cover of The Los Angeles Times Magazine: “…by the time Brand’s ideas spread, he’s usually on to something else. He’s so far ahead of the curve, it is easy to forget that he’s often been there first.” We interview Brand in the
April-June 2006 issue.
Alan Burdick is a senior editor at Discover and writes for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, GQ, and Natural Hisotry. His book Out of Eden (2005) was nominated for a National Book Award.
In the April-June 2006 issue, he raises the issue of perceptual bias in the way we go about researching and tackling invasive species (print only).
Inveterate birder and award-winning reporter Frances Cairncross is a contributing editor. The former environmental editor of The Economist, she has written two books about big business and the environment: Costing the Earth and Green, Inc. Cairncross is now Rector of Exeter College, Oxford University. In the January-March 2006 issue she reports on an unlikely alliance between bird conservation and military aviation in the Middle East.
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Jared Diamond is a is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a founding board member of the Society for Conservation Biology. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel and its bestselling followup, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. In the October-December 2005 issue he comes to some surprising firsthand conclusions about Big Oil and environmental stewardship.
David Ehrenfeld, a contributing editor, is a professor of biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is the founding editor of Conservation Biology and has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles. His latest book, Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology, was published by Oxford University Press. His essay “Strangers in Our Own Land” appears in the January-March 2007 issue (print only).
Paul Ehrlich is president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology and the author of more than 40 books, including The Population Bomb. He talks to us in the April-June 2005 issue about a question that isn’t as obvious as it may seem: Are We Consuming Too Much?
Katherine Ellison, a contributing editor, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and coauthor of The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable (Island Press, 2002). In the April-June 2006 issue she scrutinizes Kyoto and other climate change proposals—and finds them wanting.
Tim Flannery is an Australian explorer-scientist and the author of critically-acclaimed books such as The Weather Makers and The Eternal Frontier. In the July-September 2006 issue he exposes our Warm, Comfortable Blind Spot.
Who’s Inside G – I
Michael Gibbs is an award-winning illustrator. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, The Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and elsewhere. The September-December 2003 cover features his art.
Sidney Harris is a cartoonist and illustrator whose books include Einstein Simplified: Cartoons on Science.
Hart, John & Terese
John and Terese Hart, senior scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society, have worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the mid-1970s. In the January-March 2003 issue the Harts report on the Rules of Engagement for doing conservation work in war-torn countries.
Marguerite Holloway is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and codirects the Earth and Environmental Science Journalism program. She has written for such publications as Discover, Natural History, The New York Times, and Scientific American, where she is a contributing editor. In the April-June 2006 issue she reports on the development of a portable DNA barcode scanner and considers the term “bioliteracy” as conceived by biologists Dan Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs.
Who’s Inside J – L
Jeremy Jackson, a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on the long-term impacts of human activities on the oceans. In a recent project, Jackson and colleagues analyzed historical data from large estuaries around the world and found striking patterns that call into question traditional restoration strategies (July-September 2006).
Janzen, Dan and Winnie Hallwachs
Dan Janzen, along with his wife Winnie Hallwachs, founded the Area de Conservación Guanacaste in Costa Rica. Their grand vision of “bioliteracy” is the cover story in the April-June 2006 issue.
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She began reporting on climate change in 2001 after traveling to a research station on top of the Greenland ice sheet. Her three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the National Magazine Award for public service. Her book on the subject, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, was published in 2006.
In the October-December 2006 issue she reports on a prominent scientist’s proposal for countering climate change that says volumes about our plight.
Yossi Leshem is the founder and director of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration in Latrun, Israel, and a senior researcher in the zoology department at Tel Aviv University. Leshem engineered an unlikely marriage between military aviation and Middle East conservationists—as reported by Frances Cairncross in the January-March 2006 cover story.
Jeffrey Lockwood is a professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities at the University of Wyoming. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect That Shaped the American Frontier, published by Basic Books. His essays have been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the John Burroughs Award. In the October-December 2004 issue he tells a conservation ghost story.
Kevin Krajick has written for The New Yorker, Newsweek, National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and The New York Times. Among his travels, he has voyaged on an icebreaker through the Arctic, traversed glaciers in the Yukon and Peru, and crawled to the bottom of the world’s deepest mines in South Africa. In the April-June 2005 issue he ponders the coexistence of development and conservation.
Who’s Inside M – O
James Marsh is an acclaimed artist and illustrator, noted for his album artwork for the rock band Talk Talk. His work is featured on the April-June 2006 and October-Decemebr 2004 covers.
Trained as a veterinarian, Cynthia Mills has been writing about animal and wildlife issues for over ten years. Recently she turned from clinical practice to fieldwork, looking at the impact of biodiversity on human diseases in wildlife. Her writing has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. She is the author of The Theory of Evolution: What It Is, Where It Came From, and Why It Works. In the October-December 2006 issue she investigates cloning as a conservation strategy.
Pete Mueller is a regular contributor. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
Who’s Inside P – R
Fred Pearce is former news editor for New Scientist and now works as its environmental consultant. He has reported on environmental, science, and development issues in 54 countries over the past 15 years. He is a regular contributor to The Boston Globe, The Independent, and The Times Higher Education Supplement, as well as a broadcaster for the BBC. His books include When the Rivers Run Dry, The Dammed: Rivers, Dams and the Coming World Water Crisis, and Turning Up the Heat. In the January-March 2007 issue he gives the lie to the notion of virgin Amazon rainforest.
David Quammen is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Outside, and Harper’s. He is the author of Song of the Dodo, Monster of God, and several other books.
His essay “The Last Monster” appears in the January-March 2005 issue (print only).
Alan Rabinowitz is director of science and exploration for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Besides authoring several books, including Beyond the Last Village and Jaguar, he has traveled extensively studying clouded leopards, tigers, jaguars, and other large mammal species. His work in Belize resulted in the world’s first jaguar sanctuary and in Taiwan the establishment of the country’s largest nature reserve. In the October-December 2002 issue he writes about the importance of conservation ground truthing.
Who’s Inside S – T
Carl Safina has a long list of publications, including Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross. He’s been profiled in the New York Times, on Nightline, and on a Bill Moyers special, “Earth on Edge.” He’s received a Pew Fellowship, a World Wildlife Fund Senior Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal, and a MacArthur Prize. In 2003 he cofounded the nonprofit Blue Ocean Institute, which seeks to inspire a closer relationship with the sea. In the October-December 2004 issue he describes having lunch with a turtle poacher.
Ray Troll is an artist and illustrator whose work has been exhibited by galleries and museums across the U.S. He is the author of Sharkabet, and the illustrator of several books, including Shocking Fish Tales and Planet Ocean. He has also done artwork for conservation organizations such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. His work is featured on the October-December 2002 cover.
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Wallace, David Rains
David Rains Wallace has published numerous books on conservation and natural history, including The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution, which won the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 1984. In 1990, he received a Fulbright Grant to write a history of the Costa Rican national park system, published in 1992 as The Quetzal and the Macaw. In the January-March 2005 issue he reviews Jared Diamond’s book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
Peter Ward is Professor of Biology, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, and
Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has written over 100 scientific papers, published 12 books, and appeared in numerous television documentaries. His latest book, Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the Greatest
Catastrophe in Earth’s History, was published by Viking Penguin in 2004. In the July-September 2004 issue he considers The Father of All Mass Extinctions.
E.O. Wilson is a Pulitzer prize-winning scientist and perhaps the most renowned spokesman for conservation science.
His books include On Human Nature, The Ants, and The Diversity of Life. The first chapter of his book The Creation is featured in the October-December 2006 issue.