Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Wired, Aeon, The Boston Globe, Slate and The Guardian among other publications. His book, The Ends of the World, about the science behind the five major mass extinctions in Earth's history, was published by Harper Collins in 2017. It was named a New York Times Editor's Choice and one of the 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017 by Forbes.
Peter will focus his fellowship on the study of paleoclimate and climate change over geological time scales. In particular, he aims to gain a deeper understanding of the earth system processes and the interactions between life, the oceans and atmosphere that modulate the habitability of the planet. He hopes to produce a multimedia project on paleoclimate to illustrate how better understanding earth's past provides our best window into its uncertain future.
Emmy-nominated journalist and yogi Chris Lett grew up in Atlanta where he managed to work his way up from CNN tour guide to editorial researcher and eventually to field producer. During his tenure at the Network, he contributed to award-winning films and journalism series that spanned the nation, including coverage of the initial ISIS-affiliated terror attacks in the U.S., the deadly Pulse Nightclub mass shooting and the most recent presidential elections. On the environmental front, he reported on the historic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the fallout over air pollution in Louisiana's Cancer Alley and the impact of hydraulic fracturing. As a Ted Scripps Fellow of Environmental Journalism, the Guilford College graduate and former AmeriCorps VISTA will delve into the global impact of overfishing in West Africa. His goal is to create a digital-media project documenting the devastation left by unchecked industrial fishing vessels on communities and marine life along the Canary Current in the Atlantic Ocean.
While at the Center for Environmental Journalism, Chris Lett will explore the systemic issues connected to oceanic overfishing with a focus on West Africa. In addition to investigating the threats to healthy fisheries, his documentary project intends to highlight the human toll that illegal overfishing is having on the more than 13 million fishers and processors in Africa. He looks forward to attending classes, connecting with the community and gleaning from the expertise of seasoned environmental science communicators at the Center and the University at large.
Stephen R. Miller is an independent journalist who has covered climate change, energy, conservation, wildfires, and environmental justice from the Sonoran Desert to Arctic Alaska. His work has appeared in The Atlantic’s CityLab, Pacific Standard, Audubon, Seattle Magazine, Sierra, and others. Previously, he was senior editor of environmental justice for YES! Magazine and managing editor for a Washington state-based community newspaper publisher. He has received honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for work including coverage of First Nations resistance to oil pipelines in British Columbia, video reporting, and a series of comics journalism. As a Scripps fellow, Stephen will examine how the West is adapting to a changing climate. His project will consider social, political and economic transitions, as well as historic land use decisions. He is especially excited to join the Scripps family and set up camp in the CU library.
Hillary Rosner is a freelance journalist and editor whose stories have been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Wired, Men’s Journal, Scientific American, High Country News, and many other publications. She has traveled the world writing about the environment, from the rainforests of Borneo to the slums of Kenya to the deserts and subdivisions of the American West. She is a two-time winner of the AAAS-Kavli Science Journalism Award, as well as the recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship. For the past two years, she has been a contributing editor at the startup publication bioGraphic, helping shape its in-depth coverage of Earth’s biodiversity. Before moving to Boulder in 2002 for a master’s program in environmental studies, she lived in New York, where she worked at the New York Post, The Village Voice, and New York Magazine. During her fellowship, Hillary will focus on corridors as tools for wildlife conservation—and on the direct and indirect ways humans have altered the movement of other species.
Elizabeth Royte is the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It. Her previous books – Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest – were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her writing on science and the environment appears in Harper’s, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, and other national publications. Royte is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor at Smithsonian, OnEarth, and the Food and Environment Reporting Network. Her work is included in The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Essays (multiple years) and other nonfiction anthologies. A former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and recipient of Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service, Royte lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.
During her fellowship, Elizabeth plans to study how climate change and water shortages affect agriculture and society on the Great Plains.