Wendee Nicole
A Selection of Published Articles

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Science/Environment Feature Articles/Series

  • Pollinator Power: Nutrition Security Benefits of an Ecosystem Service. Environmental Health Perspectives. Aug 2015. PDF version here.

  • The WASH Approach: Fighting Waterborne Disease in Emergency Situations. To report this story, Wendee Nicole visited two refugee settlements in Northern Uganda, Arua District's Rhino Camp and the settlements of Adjumani District. She celebrated Global Handwashing Day 2014 with dozens of young children at Rhino Camp. Environmental Health Perspectives, Jan 2015 plus many of my images! PDF version here

  • Is the Human Cost of Saving Gorillas Too High? Forest dwellers known as Pygmies were evicted when their homes became national parks a generation ago. Now they're fighting back. My feature published at Take Part on Nov 25 2014. Also includes a separate photo gallery of my images: Up Close & Personal with Endangered Gorillas. [This and the next 7 articles were researched and produced under the Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative grant I received].

  • Tipping the scale: How the late Economics Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom could save the world's forests. Mongabay, May 29, 2014.

  • Seeing the Forest for the Trees: How 'One Health' Connects Humans, Animals, and Ecosystems. Environmental Health Perspectives May 2014 cover story (my photos too!) PDF here

  • Ecotopia emerging: Sustainable forests and healthy livelihoods go hand in hand. Mongabay, Jun 26, 2014.

  • Training New Sustainability Leaders BioScience. May 2014.
  • How Jane Goodall's legacy is alleviating poverty. CBS Smart Planet. Apr 7 2014.

  • I interviewed Dr Jane Goodall for Animal Planet for her 80th birthday, Apr 3, 2014.

  • 10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Love Jane Goodall! Animal Planet Celebrates Jane Goodall's 80th Birthday. Apr 3, 2014.

  • Reporters Journal: The forests of Uganda. Mongabay blog. Mar 2014.

  • Pig Poop Power: Scaling up waste-to-energy technology could transform the hog farming industry. Discover Magazine, Mar 2014.
  • BMW's Big Bet on Carbon Fiber. How carbon-fiber technology is transforming the auto industry, starting with the uber-cool BMW i-3! Solutions Journal (Rocky Mountain Institute). Spring 2014.
  • A Question for Women's Health. Chemicals in Feminine Hygiene Products and Personal Lubricants (may not be safe...). Environmental Health Perspectives. PDF version. Mar 2014.
  • Meeting the Needs of the People: Fish Consumption Rates in the Pacific Northwest. Because tribal populations consume more fish and shellfish than others, they are exposed to higher levels of toxic chemicals. Environmental Health Perspectives. Dec 2013.

  • Food from EARTH: Sustainable Farming in Action. Environmental Health Perspectives July 2013. "To report this story, Wendee visited EARTH University in March 2013, her second time there. She toured the banana plantation, banana packing plant, dairy farm, hydroponic garden, and coffee shop. She sampled [an EARTH banana] from her local Whole Foods Market."

  • CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and Environmental Justice: The Case of North Carolina. Hog farms are disproportionately placed in low-income, minority neighborhoods. Environmental Health Perspectives, June 2013.

  • I'm Carbon Neutral. Are You? A closer look at the voluntary carbon offset market. Ensia magazine, online May 20, 2103.

  • Secret Ingredients (PDF): Who knows what's in your food? (about food colorings, flavorings and other additives, many apparently unregulated by the FDA). Environmental Health Perspectives April 2013 (online non-PDF version here).

  • Game On!: Businesses have used behavioral science to influence consumers for decades. Can it be used to save the planet? Ensia.com. Spring 2013 print issue.

  • Think for Yourself: Critical thinking skills are more important than ever in today's information environment. Ensia.com. Spring 2013, online only.

  • Lessons of the Elwha River Environmental Health Perspectives. Nov 2012. Includes 2 of my images (PDF version)

  • Flavors of Uncertainty: The Difference between [Science] Denial and Debate. Aug 2012 Environmental Health Perspectives (PDF here). A feature that arose from my visit to the Science Denial conference in Madison, WI.

  • Fish return to undammed Elwha River. Nature. July 5, 2012.

  • One Study, Two Paths: The Challenge of Dual-Use Research (PDF here). A feature for the Jun 2012 Environmental Health Perspectives on research that can be used or good or evil -- brought to light by the recent hubbub over the avian influenza genetic engineering research.

  • Nuclear Renaissance in Space. As the U.S. prepares to relaunch domestic production of plutonium-238, the space community wishes to assure the public of its safety. Are they right? Miller-McCune Mag Online (soon to be renamed Pacific Standard). Apr 6, 2012.

  • The Emerging Science of BMAA: Do Cyanobacteria Contribute to Neurodegenerative Disease? Environmental Health Perspectives. March 2012.

  • AWARD-WINNER! Was Lou Gehrig's ALS Caused by Tap Water? A toxic molecule found in pond scum may trigger neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Parkinson's. Could a group of scientists, led by a botanist, hold the key to a cure? Miller-McCune (now Pacific Standard) Magazine feature Jan/Feb 2011. Won the ASJA 1st place for Science/Tech/Biz article. The judges called it, "science writing as it should be: sharp, clear prose that builds into a great story about an intriguing, sophisticated topic. Wendee's story stood out in a large and unusually strong field this year."

  • Obesogens: An Environmental Link to Obesity. (PDF here). Feb 2012. Environmental Health Perspectives. (Also related news story on PFOA/C8 Lawsuit Findings)

  • Texas Thirst for Water Bucks National Trend. While the rest of the U.S. is tearing down decaying dams, Texas wants some dam water. Miller-McCune magazine online. Published Aug. 4, 2011.

  • Wild, Wild Wetlands in the 10th annual Water Issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. I love when my name is on the cover!

  • Save the Birds - With Doppler Radar. My first article in the award-winning Miller-McCune magazine, Apr/May 2011. Picked up in a blog post on the Knight Science Journalism Tracker.

  • Regal Return: Desert bighorn sheep are being returned to the mountains of West Texas. Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Apr 2011.

  • The Big Chill in the Bering Sea. If the planet is warming, how come the Bering Sea has experienced several record cold years in a row? Climate Central. Article + slideshow. Posted Mar 2, 2011.

  • Can eating less meat curb climate change? A conservation-minded Texas mom assesses her contribution to climate change, one meal at a time. The Daily Climate. Jan 19, 2011.

  • Rime of the Bering Sea Mariners (PDF). Feb 2011. BioScience. From albatross to zooplankton, the multidisciplinary Bering Sea Project explores how climate change is affecting this important ecosystem. This is my 2nd feature coming out of my month in the Bering Sea on an oceanographic research vessel.

  • The Tiniest Catch (requires free registration to view). Marine scientists are prowling the Bering Sea to learn how climate affects minute sea creatures and the lucrative fishery that depends on them. Nature. Nov 4, 2010. Feature article based on my month-long trip in the Bering Sea (I wrote 9 live posts for Nature's Great Beyond blog also - this is the final of 9 and the rest are linked in there).

  • The Forgotten Deep: The Gulf's little-seen deep-water ecosystems may bear the brunt of the BP oil spill's damage. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Dec 2010. Also includes a sidebar on "Texas' forgotten spill" - the 'Eagle Otome' dumped over 400,000 of crude oil off Port Arthur in January. My feature is part of a 2-feature special on the oil spill with writer Melissa Gaskill.

  • A Kiss for a Toad: A head start project could save the endangered Houston toad. Nov 2010. Texas Parks & Wildlife Mag cover story.

  • Saving Land, Saving Water. Feature for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine's Annual July water issue on preserving land in order to save the precious water in the aquifers below.

  • Attack of the Killer Fungus. Will white-nose syndrome spread to Texas bats? Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Feb 2010.

  • Silence of the Pikas. Will the American pika become the first species in the lower 48 states to be listed under the Endangered Species Act owing to global warming? BioScience Magazine. Jan 2010.

  • Mimicking Mother Nature: Scientists and entrepreneurs are increasingly borrowing concepts from the natural world to help them create better, more sustainable products. National Wildlife Magazine. Dec/Jan 2010.

    (Image Copyright (c) National Wildlife Federation, 2009)

  • Lone Parents: Virgin Birth in Sharks. BioScience Magazine/AIBS. July/Aug 2009.

  • Saving Big Bird: A cyclone forced endangered cassowaries out of the rainforest and into the danger zone. Wildlife Conservation Magazine. May 2009.

  • The Elusive Ringtail: A new study sheds light on a little-known mammal in Palo Duro Canyon. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. April 2009. View PDF version here.

  • Fighting for the Firefox. National Wildlife Magazine. Feb/Mar 2009.

  • Fury Over Conservationists Taking Fees from Developers. A proposed megaport and a sea-turtle nesting beach collide within the group that maintains the endangered species list (IUCN). Scientific American Magazine. Jan 2009. This PDF of the story has the full layout with a cool image of mating sea turtles. :)

  • The Snake Underground. The Louisiana pine snake, like its longleaf pine habitat, may be running out of time. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Jan 2009.

  • Wandering Wildcats. Bobcats adapt to life in suburbia. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Cover Story. Dec. 2008.

  • Fire Beetle. Nothing embodies the magic of the outdoors more than the dancing fairy lights of fireflies.Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Sep 2008.

  • Tasmania's Devil of a Problem. The world's most famous marsupial predator may face extinction within 15 years from a contagious cancer. National Wildlife Magazine. June/July 2008.

  • AWARD! Dead Zone When fertilizer-laden runoff from the Mississippi River empties into the gulf, algae thrives - and marine animals die. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. July 2008. Won 1st place (Gold) in International Regional Magazine Assoc Awards for 2008/Public Issues

  • Expedition Shark. In April 2008, I blogged for two weeks for Discovery Channel while diving with sharks in the Coral Sea off of Australia while crews filmed the Shark Week documentary, Mysteries of the Shark Coast, and scientists conducted cutting-edge research. The first entry, Fear, about our relationship with and to sharks, is one of my faves. The rest are here.

  • Cougar Country. People are seeing more mountain lions than ever in Texas. Has their population increased or are they just running out of room? Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. April 2008.

  • 50 Ways to Get Kids Hooked on the Outdoors. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Mar 2008.

  • Surf's Up for These Sea Turtles. The endangered Kemp's Ridley surfaces thanks to some help from its friends. Defenders Magazine. Winter 2007.

  • How to Save a Monkey. OnEarth Magazine. Fall 2007.

  • Will Urban Sprawl K.O. the Koala? A wildlife hospital founded by the late 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin is helping Australia's teddy-bearish marsupial weather the threat of fragmented forest habitat. National Wildlife Magazine. June/July 2007.

  • Sympathy for the Devil: Ideas Emerge to Save the Dying Tasmanian Devil. [PDF of piece Reproduced with permission. Copyright (c) 2007 Scientific American. Mar 07] (Text copyright (c) 2007 Wendee Holtcamp)

  • Many Bayous, One River. Recently designated one of America's most endangered rivers, the San Jacinto is under attack by sand mines. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Dec 2006.

  • Planet Earth Animal Profiles for Discovery Channel I profiled 50 animals for these episodes: Mountains, Jungles, Shallow Seas, Deserts, and Forests. Check em out!

  • Kissing Cousins: Breeding with their introduced relatives threatens to drive Guadalupe bass to extinction. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Oct. 2006.

  • Paradise Lost?. Coverage of some of the world's most endangered habitats... visit before it is too late! Global Traveler Magazine, Oct. 2006. PDF of Full article available here.

  • Teddy's Bear on the Rise. With some help from their friends, Louisiana black bears are moving up in the world. Defenders Magazine. Summer 2006.

  • Muddy Waters & Sustainable Solutions Two parts in a series on sand mining in the American Rivers "Most Endangered" San Jacinto. CLEAN Houston. June and July 2006.

  • Two features in the July "Wetlands" issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine:
    • Delta Dawn: The young Colorado River delta is a lush breeding ground for finfish, shrimp, crab - and controversy.
    • Washing the Water: Wetlands at Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area act as a huge water filter, removing pollutants the natural way.
    • Also see a Brief History of U.S. Wetlands (scroll down past Larry McKinney's letter on the State of Wetlands).

  • 50 Reasons to Get Outside. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Mar 2006. Won 2007 Silver International Regional Mag Assoc Award

  • Mt. Everest Field Guide to Animals and Medicinal Plants - Discovery Channel Online. Launched Apr 2006. Click "launch" to get into the Expedition game -- you need Flash installed. Once the game loads, click on the "Guides and Gear" label and it will open a new scene, where you then click on "Mt. Everest Field Guide" which has sections on Animals, Medicinal Plants (the 2 sections I wrote) and Geology. I also wrote several Tours of Everest Animals at the Animal Planet website.

  • Aquatic Islands in a Sea of Land. Texas landowners and biologists work toward the common goal of conserving springs - and the fragile species that call them home. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine's Annual Water Issue. July 2005.

  • Save the Monkeyface! Despite their funny names, freshwater mussels are important indicators of a river's overall health. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. April 2005.

  • Lives of a River: Many small creatures have evolved in harmony with rivers. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine's Annual Water Issue. July 2004.

  • It's Not Easy Being Green: Frogs play a key role in ecosystems, and we are just beginning to understand how they have adapted. Texas Parks & Wildlife mag. May 2004.

  • Thai Elephant Rescue on AnimalPlanet.com in 3 parts:
  • A Grass-Roofs Effort. Secret gardens conserve energy and cool the air. Sierra Magazine. May/June 2001.

  • Love & Death on Turtle Beach. Live Expedition in Costa Rica - 11 articles. Discovery Channel Online. Jan-Feb 1999. (Archived via the Wayback Machine - some photos unavailable)

    "Turtle Troubles Playa Grande, Feb. 3 -- I am feeling restless in my skin tonight, out here under the stars, surf roaring furiously. I want to do cartwheels in the sand. I want to make sand angels. I want to talk about the meaning of life. I want to know why we as a society have gotten so far from the animals we love so deeply. But no one's talking in profundities tonight."

  • Snooping on Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. National Wildlife Magazine. Apr/May 2001

  • River-Hopping with the Manatee. Hooked on the Outdoors Magazine. April 2001. Photography by Matt & Wendee Holtcamp.

  • Armadillo Invasion Animal Planet/Discovery Online. Oct 1999.

  • Turbulence Over Clear Creek. One of SE Texas few remaining unchannelized bayous has become embroiled in a tug-of-war... Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Feb 1999.

  • It Takes a Village: Baja communities play a key role in sea turtle conservation. Animals Magazine. Nov/Dec 98. (See Photos)

  • Beyond the Beach - Uncovering sea turtles' oceanic lives. California Wild Magazine. Spring 1998.

  • Tampering With Eden: Exotic Plants and Animals Disturb Ecosystems. Albion Monitor. Mar 10, 1996. Named one of their "Best of 1996."

Multimedia - Blogs, Podcasts, & Radio Interviews

  • I was Animal Planet's Animals in the News blogger: daily in 2009, Weekly in 2010. It was taken over by staff in 2011 but you can see some examples here: Endangered Species, Reptiles, Domestic and Farm Animals, Amphibians, Documentaries, Food and Drink and Evolution (There is some overlap between the links, as some posts are linked in multiple categories). See my Animal Planet bio.
  • The Wendee Nicole Report monthly blogs on Adventures in Climate Change (no longer online). Some favorites:
    • Aquarius Under Pressure: The world's only dedicated undersea marine lab -- employed by scientists Navy divers and even astronauts -- may not last much longer. July 30, 2012.
    • Saving Polar Bears, One Light Switch at a Time. Designed and led by college students, the Polar Bears on Parade energy-saving dorm competition inspires simple, powerful actions. Sep 15, 2010.
    • Time for a Sea Change: Can the oilpocalypse spur lasting change, or will it just be another environmental disaster? May 27, 2010.
    • Shrimp & Oil Really Do Mix?. Apr 30, 2010.
  • I spent a month on the RV Thompson in the Bering Sea and blogged for Nature's Great Beyond blog. The scientists on board were studying how climate change affects the Bering Sea ice, and the ecosystem- including fisheries. I flew into Dutch Harbor, Unalaska - made famous by Deadliest Catch!
  • Can Cassowary Poo Save the Rainforest? Discovery Channel Earth Live. August 2008.
  • Expedition Shark Live podcasts - Discovery Channel Earth Live. April 2008. Accompanied my Discovery Channel Shark Week blogs.
  • Kicking Consumerism. I talk with OnEarth Editor Laura Wright about my experience while writing my article, My 30 Days of Consumer Celibacy.
  • Want to Be a Nature Writer? WildSide News. Oct 18. 2007.
  • Evolution/Intelligent Design? A Christian Evolutionary Biologist's View. WildSide News. Dec 15, 2005.
  • Married to Mowgli, With Children aired on NPR's All Things Considered on Nov 7, 2002. Scroll down til you see MOWGLI. http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/commentaries/2002/nov/


Outdoor/Adventure Travel

Dept. Pieces/News Briefs

Environmental Health Perspectives News Summaries ("Science Selections")


  • I ask Alexandra Cousteau: What would it take to create sustainable ocean fisheries? Momentum Magazine Winter 2012.
  • Changing Planet, Planet Health Q&A with co-author Paul Epstein, Harvard professor at Climate Central. Praised by the book's co-author Dan Ferber as "the most probing, incisive, interview that either of us have done so far."
  • The Fish Wrangler: Biologist Clark Hubbs devoted his life to cataloging and protecting the state's fish species. Texas Parks & Wildlife Mag. Apr 2011.
  • Larger than Life: The inimitable Edward 'Ned' Fritz changed the face of Texas conservation - and had influence nationwide. Texas Parks & Wildlife Mag. Aug 2009.
  • Looking for a Few Good Men When they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan, our veterans may find themselves out of a job as well as out of uniform. Time to call Green Collar Vets. OnEarth Magazine, Frontlines. Spring 2008.
  • A Snappy Comeback. Tush Hog, Ornery Turtle, and their curmudgeonly friends fight to preserve a beloved Texas landscape. OnEarth Magazine - Frontlines. Winter 2007.
  • Don't Mess with the Snappers Irascible conservation veterans keep fighting for their beloved Big Thicket. Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Dec 2007.
  • Papa Stahl: With his gift for storytelling and encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world, Carmine Stahl helps bring parks and people together. Texas Parks & Wildlife Mag. Feb 2007.
  • Watcher of the Herons: Profile of an octogenarian birder turned ornithologist. Animals Magazine. Sept/Oct 98.

Science/Faith Articles


  • The talk I gave at the University of North Texas (UNT) Nature Writing Symposium as an invited speaker. Changing the World One Story at a Time: Don't get me wrong, I do believe objectivity is an ideal to strive for, but, is it truly possible? And what are the very real drawbacks?

  • Overview of Habitat Fragmentation. John Wiley & Sons Environmental Science TextBook Online Supplement. 1997.

  • Authored The American College of Journalism's "Writing About Nature and the Environment" Course Text.

  • Taught "How to Write About Nature and the Outdoors" Online Course for the Freelance Success Institute.

  • I am interviewed as the "Nature/Outdoor" Writer in the 2001 Writer's Market! (Kirsten Holm, ed.) Pp. 594

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