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Joshua E Brown

I'm a staff writer at the University of Vermont covering all the natural and physical sciences, astronomy to zoology. I also work with reporters and editors from local and national media outlets to connect them with UVM experts and research news. My writing and photographs appears in Vermont Quarterly, the magazine of the University of Vermont and UVM Today, UVM's weekly on-line newsmagazine. By moonlight, I take on a few freelance projects for publications ranging from the Boston Globe to Wild Earth: sample my work here.

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Joshua Brown
Senior Writer for Science and Environment

Twitter: JoshBVT

  • Strong as Silk (Vermont Quarterly) Camera in hand, I followed a team of scientists into the jungles of Madagascar in search of the Darwin's Bark spiders--and the toughest material on Earth. We had some trouble.
  • Butterfly collection
    Nature Catalogued
    (Vermont Quarterly) I started writing a story about the enduring importance of natural history collections. Then the UVM collection caught on fire.
  • Curious Nature (Vermont Quarterly) Bernd Heinrich is seventy-five years old, a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, a famed writer—and his shower is a watering can, filled with hot water from the stove, hanging on a tree outside. I spent a weekend with him and wrote this profile.
  • The Hidden System (Vermont Medicine) Carrie Dyer started smoking when she was eight. Three decades later, this mother-of-four is trying to quit. To help out, researchers are trying a radical treatment: cold cash. I wrote about her for Vermont Medicine Magazine.  (view here as PDF.) A shorter version of this story appeared in Vermont Quarterly.
  • Ancient Tundra Discovered (Wall Street Journal) One of my photos from Greenland ran on the front page of the Wall Street Journal's website on April 18, 2014. I collaborated on a story with them about a remarkable discovery by geologist Paul Bierman. The @WSJ video featured my photos and footage from a helicopter over the two-mile-deep ice sheet.
  • ER Answers (Vermont Medicine ) For this cover story, I spent several nights in the emergency room, waiting for ambulances to arrive with Dr. Kalev Freeman. 

  • Greenland Ice Sheets, Isotopes and Musk Ox Pizza (Vermont Quarterly) I spent ten days in helicopters, eating musk ox pizza, and collecting bags of sand. All in aid of asking: how fast will Greenland melt?
  • A Milestone for Millstone Hill (Land & People) I took a terrifying bike ride on a roller coaster. In aid of forest conservation. And I wrote about it for the Trust for Public Land.
  • arecibo telescope Listening to the Stars (Vermont Quarterly) Into the jungle, to the largest telescope in the world, with astronomer Joanna Rankin. She's trying to catch gravity's tail.
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                 gloved handA Deadly Mystery (Vermont Quarterly) As bats perish by the millions, Vermont biologists are leading the effort to understand the devastation of white-nose syndrome. I went into two caves of death with them. Article and slideshow.
"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." --Rachel Carson, 1954

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