Lead Editor: Leia Larsen
When not climbing Boulder Canyon crags, skiing Colorado’s iconic peaks, belting out Led Zeppelin tunes or intently editing at The Stand, Leia Larsen devotes her time to her work as a second-year master’s student in environmental journalism. She has been published in the Boulder Daily Camera, written and photographed for Marquee Magazine, interned at I-News Network and currently writers for Climbing Magazine. Before enrolling at CU, Leia worked as an environmental consultant. To date, she has conducted environmental assessments of over 200 sites in seven states across the American West, including her native Utah. She has rambled around 20-plus countries. A circuit around Southeast Asia piqued her concern for environmental issues. Leia’s interests include public land policy, natural resource law, urban planning issues, Brownfields redevelopment, gas stations, localization movements, water scarcity, desert ecosystems and microbrew beer.
Editor (Spring term); Social Media Manager, Event Editor (Fall term): Brittany McNamara
Brittany McNamara is a master’s student studying print and broadcast journalism at CU Boulder. She earned a B.A. in environmental studies, with minors in biology and literature, from Eckerd College. Brittany plans to continue writing about environmental and scientific topics throughout her career. She has previously interned with Western Resource Advocates and written for Earth911.com and New York Family Magazine.
Editor (Spring term): Caitlin Rockett
Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Caitlin Rockett journeyed to the Front Range of Colorado in the summer of 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in environmental journalism. From 2009 to 2012, Caitlin worked as a science writer at a number of facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She wrote about a broad array of scientific research conducted on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers at both the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and the National Institute for Computational Science. Caitlin also worked as a technical writer for the Oak Ridge Climate Change Science Institute. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys music festivals, cooking, backcountry camping, yoga and dancing with her hula-hoop.
Rhizome Blog Manager: Charles Trowbridge
Charles Trowbridge is a CU graduate student studying print and broadcast journalism with a wide variety of interests and experience. Before coming to CU, he studied music and English in Oregon, where he became interested in environmental issues related to preserving wild fish populations. Born and raised in Alaska, he plans to return upon completion of his degree to examine the effect of climate change on commercial fishing, among other things.
Multimedia Editor: Christi Turner
Christi has spent over six years in Madagascar, working at the nexus of sustainable development, conservation and the media. She helped build Madagascar’s first solar-powered community radio station, produced radio programs for rural communities and managed the education program for Blue Ventures (www.blueventures.org), teaching youth in Madagascar to use media to promote environmental action. She helped found a community-managed forest in northwest Madagascar, and recently co-founded the non-profit Atsika (www.atsika.org) to support this community-based conservation project. Also a photographer, Christi uses images to inspire public awareness on issues of conservation and development. As a graduate student in journalism (environmental newsgathering) at CU, she dreams of covering conservation and human development stories on an international level. She has also studied or worked in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Kenya and Tanzania. Christi speaks four-and-a-half languages.
Events Editor (Spring term): April Nowicki
April Nowicki is a University of Colorado Boulder journalism graduate student focusing on renewable energy, water conservation, smart electricity grids and other environmental issues. She is originally from southern Vermont and earned a BA in English in 2006 from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Fla. April has professional experience in public radio and television administration and telecommunications standards, including with the initial National Institute of Standards and Technology smart grid effort. She is currently a communications intern at the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Editor (Fall term): Dan Greenwood
Dan Greenwood is a graduate student at the University of Colorado who recently moved from Minnesota. His interest in journalism stemmed from a stint in Bangladesh, where he was an environmental reporter for the Daily Star, an English language daily based in the capital city Dhaka. There he researched and wrote about urban farming, mangrove forest destruction to make way for shrimp farms, and the plight of Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar. Since 2009 he has contributed frequently to the Twin Cities Daily Planet covering public policy and immigration. He also reports on arts, culture and natural history for KFAI Radio in Minnesota. His radio work can be found at ampers.org.
Site Designer & Webmaster: Ted Burnham
Ted Burnham is a science journalist based in Boulder, Colo. He is often heard on How On Earth, the weekly science show from KGNU, where during any given episode he may be a host, writer, producer and/or sound engineer (he also built and manages the show’s website). Ted was an intern with the NPR science desk in Washington, D.C., and continues to write for the blogs Shots and The Salt as a freelancer. He has produced multimedia features for NPR’s Intern Edition, NewsTeam Boulder and the Emmy-winning video podcast CU Science Update, and has written several science features for the Boulder Daily Camera. Ted sometimes writes about science, skepticism, science fiction, and assorted geekery on his blog, A Word For Science, and he tweets occasionally @awordforscience. Ted holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College. He likes to bike, ski, play ukulele, and cook.
Faculty Advisor: Tom Yulsman
Tom Yulsman is co-director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, an associate professor at the University of Colorado, and a faculty member in CU’s Environmental Studies Program. He keeps a career as a science writer going by covering the Earth and environmental sciences for a variety of publications. He currently contributes regularly to the online publication Climate Central, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of other venues, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, Audubon, and Astronomy. His book, Origins: The Quest for our Cosmic Roots, was published in 2003. Before joining CU in 1996, Yulsman was editor-in-chief of EARTH Magazine.
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