Data reporting

I try to strengthen my science and environment reporting with original data analysis and graphics wherever possible. I use R software to code, and QGIS for maps.


Data stories

The human right that benefits nature. BBC Future, Mar 2021. More than 100 constitutions across the world have adopted a human right to a healthy environment, often serving as a powerful tool to protect the natural world.

Does protecting the sea harm fishermen? It’s complicated. The Counter, May 2020. President Obama created some of the world’s largest protected marine reserves, a decision long protested by the fishing industry. Yet some are hopeful that these no-fishing zones may actually help fishermen in the long run.

California crab fishermen are testing “ropeless” gear to save whales—and themselves. The Counter, Mar 2019. Following a lawsuit over the entanglement of endangered whales in fishing gear, fishermen in California are testing new ways to keep their industry alive.

Is mandatory retirement the answer to an aging workforce? The Scientist, Feb 2019. For many, it’s not a question of when senior academics should leave their posts, it’s about how to distribute scarce resources such as grants and faculty positions more fairly.

A tale of two ballot measures. Grist, Nov 2018. Why Nevada upped its renewable energy standards (and Nevada didn’t)

Southern Discomfort. Grist, Aug 2018. Solar panels could flood sunny Alabama with cheap, clean power. What stands in the way?

‘Stop and Frisk’ is Over, But Low-Level NYPD Encounters Now Raise Concerns. City Limits, Jun 2018.

Twitter’s fake news epidemic isn’t caused by bots. It’s caused by you. VICE News, Mar 2018. Fake news travels much faster than true things on Twitter, according to MIT study.

How seafood’s “dark web” obscures fraud, fish laundering, and slavery on the high seas. The Counter, Aug 2017. Ships routinely transfer fish on the open ocean. Most of the time, no one’s watching.