Environment Reporting

I left a career as a geologist because on job sites I was barred from communicating with community members about contamination levels in their water, soil, and air. As a journalist, that professional experience makes my environment coverage stand out -- I can decode complex lab reports, technical maps, and regulatory reports. 


I've reported extensively on environmental impacts throughout the Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz County, and the Bay Area. I've written on issues such as climate change, air and water quality, ocean health, and environmental justice. As a result of an investigation I reported on air pollution in Southeast LA, state funding was rerouted to install air filters in metal processing plants. Those filters will improve local air quality.

I've also facilitated numerous community science workshops and worked with residents to create environmental sampling plans in their neighborhoods. Through my reporting I aim to empower communities with crucial information, but also amplify their concerns, and facilitate conversations that might yield solutions. 


Water Samples
Santa Cruz County Drinking Water Takes A Hit After Wildfire
Metal polluted air puts Los Angeles residents at risk
EPA, California Consider Regulation of Chemicals Found in Ski Gloves and Frying Pans Showing Up in US Waterways
Chemical Plant
California Bill on PFAS Chemicals Advances, But in Watered Down Form
Air Pressure
Knowing When to Spare the Air
Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area Air Quality Takes a Hit in Latest Report


Aerial View of Curved River
A Checkup On California's Efforts To Combat Climate Change
Buffing a Car
Gas Station Converts To Electric Charging Station And Speeds Ahead Of Curve
Dry Soil
Northern Hemisphere heat waves covering more area than before
Threat to Sea Life as Greenhouse Gases Drift Offshore
Fixing a Pipe
Sea-level rise could cut off wastewater service to millions in U.S.
Driftwood reveals ancient Arctic currents and sea-ice levels


melson hemp.jpg
Budding Hemp Farmers Struggle To Find Success In The 'Green Rush'
Gardens with too many nonnative plants threaten populations of insect-eating birds
Image by Zetong Li
Elkhorn Slough Foundation makes progress on Sand Hill Farm
Image by Afdhal N.
A new chapter for Elkhorn Slough
One Increasingly Popular Way to Control Floods: Let the Water Come
Planting Plants
SFPUC Growing Plants in Hospital-Like Nursery to Protect Water Quality

California Coast

Fishing Net
As Moss Landing reinvents itself, fishing fades into the background
Fish Fillet
Can sustainably caught swordfish make waves on the Central Coast?
Sea Lion Yawning
Sea lions battle return of deadly disease


Severe West Marin Drought Comes Early
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Microplastics in Monterey Bay
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NDAA Adresses PFAS Contamination
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D.O.D. Faces Pressure to Regulate PFAS
00:00 / 01:21
CA Makes Progress Regulating PFAS in Drinking Water
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Gray Whale Ship Strike
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