Dan Ferber is an award-winning independent journalist who is fascinated by the relationship between humans and the natural world: how we understand it through science, how we're changing it, how these changes affect us, and how new ideas and technologies can promote sustainability. These interests led him to coauthor Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do About It, which was the first book on the public health threat posed by climate change. It traces the stories of doctors, patients, and scientists who are already wrestling with this threat, and describes technologies and policies that could slow climate change and protect public health worldwide.
Ferber is also a long-time contributing correspondent for Science and a contributor to magazines including Popular Science, Wired, Reader's Digest, and Audubon. He has written about topics as varied as the health dangers of factory farms, the science of humor, the nation's largest floodplain, forest restoration, and a new way for electric cars to support renewable electricity and make the electrical grid more resilient.
With two degrees in biology and an early career of microbiology research under his belt, Ferber brings to his coverage a realistic view of research and an appreciation of its power, as well as a fascination with the intricate connections that sustain our planet's web of life. He lives and works in Indianapolis, where he is sometimes spotted leading groups of slow-moving students in the ancient Chinese art of t'ai chi.