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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

  • 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.
  • Summer 2011 magazine Running Together (Vermont Medicine) Two doctors--running buddies--look for the reasons some athletes drop dead. And how the brain works. And what one has to do with the other.
  • image The Big Day (Vermont Quarterly) I spent 24 hours following four hard-core birders around Vermont as they went after a state birdathon record, including a 4am hike up Camel's Hump.

  • image Worried Sick (Vermont Quarterly) Take a sharp pencil and poke through your ear into your brain until you hit an almond-shaped region called the amygdala. Sounds awful and scary doesn't it? Of course you're not really going to do that--so why not read this article instead?

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                 coverTalking Extinction with the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert (UVM Today) I spoke with her about climate change, the future of journalism, and backyard bees.
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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.

  • happy emoticonIf You're Happy, Then We Know It  Two researchers have created a "hedonometer" that shows Election Day was the happiest day in four years. Michael Jackson's death, one of the unhappiest.
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland photoTalking Carbon with the Prime Minister of Norway At forty-one, Gro Harlem Brundtland, a physician and mother of four, took on a new job: prime minister of Norway. Now, she's the UN enoy on climate change. I spoke with her about carbon levels, Sarah Palin, and the global poor.
  • Tom NeumannDrilling Down (Vermont Quarterly; cover article) What can ice can tell us about heat? The fate of the world’s sea levels rests largely on the ice of Antarctica, where scientists such as UVM geologist Thomas Neumann are searching for clues to the future in the frozen past.
  • Andrew Revkin photoTalking Climate with the New York Times' Andrew Revkin How far are humans pushing up Earth's thermostat? Andrew Revkin, the Times science writer, visited UVM to discuss  this question. I spoke with him to learn more about what it means to live on a warming planet.
  • animal trackTracking in the Wild, Learning from the Land (Vermont Quarterly) An animal track is more than a mark in mud  that says a fox passed by. It’s a lens into a shadowed world of animal intentions. It’s a Proustian naturalist’s cake dipped in tea, a vast ecological narrative for those with skill to read it.

"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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