I write about the people, places, foods, and critters that make our world more lively. Also about scrappy science, weird innovation, and the end of the world. I’m at work on a book about tea, taste, and consciousness.

New Stuff

Maine’s Seaweed Dreams 

The Extraordinary Last-Ditch Effort to Document–and save–the World’s Coral Reefs.

Biography of a (Plant-Based) Burger
Pacific Standard

The Tao of Lake Swimming

Can Water Bridge Conflict in the Middle East?

A Clean, Well-Lighted Oyster Bar
Lucky Peach

Chasing Enlightenment with Montreal’s Underground Tea Addicts 
Vice. Selected for Best Food Writing 2016