My writing includes books, textbooks, book chapters and sections, feature articles, web content, educational software, and news stories. I transform scientific manuscripts into short pieces for a lay audience.

Over the past several years, I have worked at the forefront of the move away from “dead tree” to online flexible educational materials with CK-12. For this small non-profit company, I have served as a curriculum developer, author, editor and domain expert in Earth Science.  I am credited as author for two of their high school Earth science books, and I have also assisted with writing and editing two middle school Earth science books. For each of the books, I have helped to find, design and create supplementary materials such as images, videos, questions and exercises.

Our Fragile Planet, a set of eight trade books, was my major accomplishment in environmental science. Aimed at grades 6 through 12, and published by Chelsea House in 2007-2008, each book constructs a detailed scientific framework for environmental issues, describes those issues and explores the actions that we can take as individuals and as a society. “Oceans: How We Use the Seas” was named one of the “Top Ten Environmental Books for Youth for 2007” by Booklist.
See them on Amazon: Our Fragile Planet, Desonie

Booklist named Oceans: How We Use the Seas one of the top 10 environmental books for youth in 2007!

Cosmic Collisions, my first book, dealt with the importance of asteroids and comets in earth history and the possible consequences of a future asteroid collision with our planet. The New York Times Book Review liked my ability “to spin a good story” and reported that the book was “written in simple, straightforward language.”


“… after a conversation with …, our domain expert, we both concur you are one of our most gifted writers.” Juli Weiss, CK-12 Foundation

“…you did indeed already receive some great honors from Booklist for Oceans: How We Use the Seas. That title was selected as one of Booklist's "Top Ten Environmental Books for Youth" and received a good review from that publication as well. Congratulations!”
Laurie Katz, Director of Publicity, Facts on File

“…you're a great writer.” Jodie Rhodes, Literary Agent

Writing Samples

ClimateAtmosphereHydrosphere Polar Regions GeosphereHumans and the Natural EnvironmentBiosphereOceans

Books and Book Chapters

CK-12Earth Science, CK12 Foundation, online textbooks, 2012
CK-12 Earth Science Concepts: http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Earth-Science-Concepts/
CK-12 Earth Science for High School: http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Earth-Science-For-High-School/

Our Fragile Planet set, Chelsea House, 2007-2008
Atmosphere: Air Pollution and its Effects
Oceans: How We Use the Seas
Hydrosphere: Freshwater Systems and Pollution
Biosphere: Ecosystems and Biodiversity Loss
Climate: Causes and Effects of Climate Change
Geosphere: The Land and Its Uses
Polar Regions: Human Impacts on the Arctic and Antarctic
Humans and the Natural Environment: The Future of Our Planet

Scientific American Focus on Cosmic Collisions, Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Cosmic Collisions

Articles, Radio Scripts, Educational Software, Encyclopedia Entries:

Argonne Now or APS Annual Report, Argonne National Laboratory

2013: Differential Accumulation of Mercury in Zebrafish Larvae; Bacterial Defenses Against Quantum Dots and Released Toxic Metals
2012: Iron Oxide in Earth’s Outer Core; A Mechanism for Immobilizing Toxic Mercury,
2011: Arsenic and Old Manes; The Spin State of Iron in Perovskite at Lower Mantle Pressures; Biogeochemical Processes and Uranium Remediation
2010: Electronic and Magnetic Structures of Hematite Post-Perovskite under Deep Planetary Conditions; Calcium and Heavy Metal Distribution in Fly Ash
2009: When Roots Follow the Path of Least Resistance http://www.aps.anl.gov/Science/Highlights/Content/APS_SCIENCE_20090820.php
2008: Post-Perovskite and Seismic Anisotropy at the Core-Mantle Boundary; Insect Tracheae May Cause Oxygen to Limit Insect Size

A Smart Grid for Smart Texans; Living Energy: The Magazine for Energy Leadership; Siemens; April 2010, http://www.energy.siemens.com/hq/pool/hq/energy-topics/living-energy/issue-2/LivingEnergy_Issue2_Integrated_Grid.pdf

Radio scripts for “Our Ocean World,” including Why Explore the Arctic?, How Much is a Beach Worth?, Gray Whale Recovery, and Ocean Sounds, Finger Lakes Production, International, 2003.

News stories and explorations for the web page of MathSoft, Inc., 2000-2002: What’s Hot about Astrobiology?; From Where the Whale?; Sleuthing at the Grand Canyon; Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions; The Perils of Flying; Hey Girls, Are You Out There?; Storms at the Bottom of the Sea; A Threat to India; Is Pluto a Planet?; Are We All Martians?; For SETI, Things are Looking Up; The Tyrannosaurus Family Tree; A NEAR Look at a Tiny Neighbor; Discovery of a Lost City, and Bleaching: A Coral Survival Strategy.

Entries for the Gale Encyclopedia of Biology, vol. 3: Global Climate Change, Ocean Ecosystems: Hard Bottoms, Ocean Ecosystems: Soft Bottoms, Ocean Ecosystems: Open Oceans, Macmillan Reference, 2002.
The Threat from Space, Earth, August 1996.
The Fate of the Tethys Sea, The Sciences, January/February 1995.

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