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FEATURES

How Canada’s Most Endangered Mammal Was Saved The Vancouver Island marmot once plummeted to a wild population below 30. But a band of devoted conservationists brought it back. NationalGeographic.com, August 2018.

Environmental Disaster Is Canada’s New Normal. Are We Ready? Easily one of the most intricate and exciting pieces I’ve written in recent memory, this piece covers the recent ground-breaking climate change audit work undertaken by all our country’s Auditors General and the drama inherent in their blunt findings about Canada’s climate change preparedness, or lack thereof. The Walrus July/August 2018.

Watching the Detectives. An exposé on how our environmental assessment process is compromised by business interests and increasingly self-regulated environmental consulting work. My first feature in which the majority of my sources are anonymous — so grimy is the dirt they dish. BCBusiness magazine, July 2015.

The Big One: The last megathrust earthquake to strike Canada was in 1700, and the clock is ticking. Canadian Geographic, June 2015.

In Cold Water: Engineering a better survival suit. I stalked Mustang Survival for years to gain access to their highly secret R&D facility. It was totally worth it. The Walrus, Jan/Feb 2014.

Something fishy in B.C. Canada’s new Fisheries Act has former Liberal and Tory fisheries ministers agreeing: it’s a big problem. Maclean’s, March 2014.

Will Canada’s Proposed Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Muck Up Its Pacific Coast? Large cracks remain in the science assessing Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project. Online feature, Scientific American, February 2013

The Health of the Fraser River. A feature about what ails North America’s longest undammed river and the scientists that study it. Canadian Geographic, June 2013.

The Business of Breeding Apples. The ins and outs of breeding the apple of the future. BCBusiness magazine, February 2012.

Watch out for childhood obesity Readers Digest, various European editions, June 2012.

The Bear Truth: Grizzlies’ Snagged Hair Samples Reveal  on Salmon – Four-part series for ScientificAmerican.com reporting on science and environment stories in the Great Bear Rainforest. August 2011.

PROFILES

Meet the B.C. multimillionaire who has devoted his fortune to saving the seaBCBusiness magazine, February 2016. This cover story about Eric Peterson tells the story of his dogged and outsized philanthropic efforts to kickstart scientific research on B.C.’s remote Central coast.

Epidemiologist’s Gen-Y zest for science is catchy. Wherein I profile the inimitable Dr. Jennifer Gardy for The Globe and Mail, February 2013.

Cell-Made Man. My profile on Allen Eaves and his company STEMCELL Technologies, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of  lab supplies for cancer, cell and stem cell biologists). BCBusiness magazine, October 2013.

The Enforcer. Ever since I heard about John Doyle’s work as the province’s top accountant, I knew I had to profile this ballsy government watchdog. Lo and behold I did, and got unprecedented access behind the scenes to report the story for BCBusiness. I even was deputized under Section 8 of the Auditor General Act, twice, to ensure I’d keep my mouth shut. BCBusiness magazine, September 2012.

Will Work For Chew Toys, a winning profile of Tucker, the tireless dog that tracks endangered orca poop in Puget Sound. One of the most charismatic field researchers I’ve ever met. OnEarth magazine, Winter 2011.

NEWS

The Maker Movement in schools has students learning by doing. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 28, 2017.

Starving research means less crucial innovation: scientists. The Globe and Mail, June 8, 2017.

Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish. Unsurprisingly, and very depressingly, California’s record drought is driving its native fish to extinction, starting with one beleaguered salmon subspecies. ScientificAmerican.com, July 2015.

Sponge Blog Rare Plants: An ancient, unique forest of glass sponges stands silent guard under the Georgia Strait. Vancouver magazine, March 2015 issue.

Go Over to the Darker Side. Jasper’s Dark Sky fest is just so awesome. Discover magazine, October 2014 issue.

Humans have tripled mercury levels in upper ocean. Nature News, August 6th 2014.

Changes to Canada’s fisheries law alarm biologists. Nature News, November 25th 2013.

First-Ever Submarine Dive on Vancouver’s “Living Fossils”: Glass Sponge Reefs National Geographic NewsOctober 2013.

First Killer Whale Reintroduced to Wild Has Baby National Geographic News, July 11th 2013.

Canada Declares War on Rats ScientificAmerican.com, November 2012.

Is Cadborosaurus for real? The Walrus, June 2012.

Internet Changes How We Remember Scientific American MIND, January/February 2012

“Gorgeous” Dinosaur Nest Found Full of Babies National Geographic News, November 29th 2011

Mystery of Canada’s missing salmon continues Nature News, September 28th 2011