Recent work

“The Losing Coast: Picture the outline of the state of Louisiana, and the image in your mind is wrong. Louisiana is losing ground,” written for The Statesider, was selected for the 2021 Best American Travel Writing and a winner in the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.

“A tiny town’s mining past brings movies, tourists, and environmental problems,” for The Washington Post

“Should a river have the same rights as a person?” for Backpacker

“The Saguaro Solution: Can a massive effort to replant cacti in the Sonoran Desert restore an ecosystem ravaged by fire?” for bioGraphic

“Climate change is acidifying and contaminating drinking water and alpine ecosystems” for Scientific American

“What happens when the lure of outdoor rec starts to pull people onto tribal lands?” for the Colorado Sun

“Inside the Debate Over Who Should—and Shouldn’t—Have Access to a Medicinal Plant Called Colorado Cough Root” for 5280 Magazine

“A century of federal indifference left generations of Navajo homes without running water” and “As water reaches eastern Navajo communities, it brings possibilities and homecomings” explore why about a third of homes on the Navajo Nation are still without running water. This investigation was supported by the National Geographic Society’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists and The Water Desk, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado.

“Can America’s Premier Lightning Lab Revive Its Renegade Spirit?” for Atlas Obscura

“Botanists Strive to Identify Every Plant at Gila Cliff Dwellings,” for New Mexico Magazine

“The Race to Conserve America’s Black-footed Ferrets,” for Undark

“Your Flame-Resistant Tent Could Give You Cancer,” for Outside

“Preparing Trees for a Changing World” for Earth Island Journal

“More Water or More Wild: The Decades-Long Struggle over the Gila River’s Fate” for Bitterroot Magazine

“The prospect of more Airbnbs tempts a struggling New Mexico town,” for High Country News

“New Mexico wants to make bikepacking mainstream” for Outside

“Fracking Sacred Ground” for Orion

“An owl fly-by prompts a second look at an Arizona mine” for High Country News

“Thru-hiker Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson’s Big Year” for Backpacker

“New Habitat: The battle over Wolf Creek’s base area has hinged on lawsuits for decades. Will a proposed road change things?” for Elevation Outdoors