A) I am really, really bad at updating this blog.
B) I am really, really happy about the writing that I did during this past year.
I wrote and published 236 articles in 2016 -- that's down from 248 in 2015 -- covering as endangered species, climate change, new technologies, science careers, comic books and other topics. Most of those articles were written for Scientific American, TakePart and various IEEE publications, which kept me pretty busy, but I also wrote for PBS's Nature, Audubon, Sierra, Hakai, Slate, Vice/Motherboard and several trade publications. I'm happy to say that I didn't take a single assignment just for the money. I enjoyed working on everything and feel that the work I did this past year not only mattered but helped to add to the conversation on many important topics.
As I usually do at this point, here's a list of 20 of my favorite articles from the past year, in the order that they were published:
- The Surprising (and Mostly Legal) Trade in "Mermaid Ivory"
- How Do You Save an Elephant’s Tusk? Ask a Materials Engineer
- Endangered Hawaiian Bird Immortalized In Space
- What Happened When I Pushed Myself to Interview More Women
- Drones' New Mission: Save the Forests
- Preaching Against Extinction
- Turtle Voyeurs
- Wildlife Tourism Faces Dark Days—but Revenue Soars
- Why People Keep Taking Deadly Selfies With Animals
- Firefly Populations Are Blinking Out
- Scientists’ New Research Tool: Pokémon Go
- Is It Ethical to Kill Poachers?
- Snails Are Going Extinct: Here's Why That Matters
- The Amazing Biodiversity within an Elephant's Footprint
- A New Weapon in the War Against Climate Change Denial: Laughter
- How to Craft a Winning Elevator Speech
- Snow Leopard Conservation Gets Boost from New Tech
- How Do You Stop a Marauding Bull Elephant Named Trump? Send in the Drones
- Vote for Biodiversity
- How High Schoolers’ Hacks Fixed a Whale Snot-Collecting Drone