About Wendee Nicole


Published Articles




Bohemian Adventures


Award-winning Writer
Specializing in Science, Environmental Health, Conservation, Sustainability, Green Issues, Wildlife, Animals, and Eco-Travel

A man of sincerity is less interested in defending the truth than in stating it clearly, for he thinks that if the truth can be clearly seen it can very well take care of itself.

--Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island.
Email: wendeenicole _AT_ gmail.com
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Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
Joseph Pulitzer

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Redemption Song Foundation

  • Redemption Song Foundation (RSF). 2014 to present, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization working in Uganda to provide education and community development for indigenous Batwa tribe members. For more information, visit our website or our RSF Facebook page.

My Latest Articles

  • Hookah, Shisha and Waterpipe Tobacco: Consequences for Health and Future Research Directions. Blog article for UCOP Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). May 2023. Also read the Fact Sheet!
  • An Ill Wind? Growing Recognition of Airborne Nano- and Microplastic Exposures. Feature article in Environmental Health Perspectives. April 2023.
  • Our Blue Planet. Celebrating 50 Years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Feature in Defenders of Wildlife's Magazine. Winter 2022.
  • Project SUN (Stop the Use of Nicotine) . University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). Nov 2022. Also read the Fact Sheet!

  • Youth and Flavored Tobacco Products. University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). Oct 2022. Also check out the One Pager!

  • Beleaguered Belugas: Can Cook Inlet belugas come back from the brink? Feature in Defenders of Wildlife Magazine. Fall 2022 (Link opens full issue)
  • On Target: Environmental Health Messaging That Hits the Mark. Feature article in Environmental Health Perspectives. Jul 2022.
  • Feature: Clear and Present Dangers: The Health Hazards of Volcanic Eruptions. Environmental Health Perspectives. Feb 2022. "On 22 May 2021, Mount Nyiragongo spewed ash, sulfurous gases, and fiery red lava, forcing thousands of people in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the city on the volcano, to flee for their lives...."
  • Battle for the Blue Bloods. "At the height of the full moon, during the highest tides of the lunar cycle, American horseshoe crabs rise from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to spawn..."

    Read about the illegal harvesting and questionable ethics behind harvesting horseshoe crabs for medical research, at the risk of a potential collapse of the Atlantic marine ecosystem. Defenders of Wildlife Magazine. Fall 2021.

  • It's Getting Hot In Here: How climate-change-related storms and fires are devastating wildlife and what we can do about it. Defenders of Wildlife Magazine. Summer 2021.

    "The gigantic wall of flame engulfed massive pine and fir trees "as if they were twigs in a bonfire," wrote Peter Hess in Climate Abandoned. He described billowing clouds of smoke 10,000 feet high-so thick they blotted out the sun and turned day into night-and a sound "like the whine of a jet engine at full throttle superimposed on the thunder of Niagara Falls...."

  • Put a Mask On It! Understanding how COVID spreads. Mar 29, 2021. A feature for the Science Philanthropy Alliance's COVID-19 Basic Science Prequels Project.
    "The Skagit Valley Chorale 'exists to enrich the lives of all interested singers and concert audiences... expressing the human spirit through choral music.' By practicing for their performance at the upcoming Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, they hoped to spread joy through music. What they spread instead was [the coronavirus]..."
  • In the face of a global pandemic, how can conservation efforts reduce the chance that poaching will spread disease? Ensia, University of MN Institute on the Environment. October 2020.


  • Received the Mongabay Prize for Environmental Reporting, a 6-month Special Reporting Initiative grant to report on how tropical forest conservation and human livelihoods can coexist.

  • Won the 2013 American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Award Best Science/Tech/Biz Mag article. The judges wrote, "Wendee's Did Tap Water Kill Lou Gehrig is 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."

  • Q&A with Paul Epstein, author of Changing Planet, Planet Health , 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."

  • "I just read Many Bayous, One River [Dec 2006 TX Parks & Wildlife Magazine]. Thank gosh we have writers like Wendee who have the history, the passion and the reporting and writing chops to take on a story like this. Kudos to her!!" —Tom Harvey, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept

  • I authored the AOL Travel Guide to Houston — an online guide with the best attractions, hotels, restaurants, and more, as well as a history and overview of the Bayou City! (no byline). "I'm almost finished with the first sweep through your guide and it is awesome! Great style and by far the cleanest copy I've received yet." -Editor Craig Guillot

  • I received 1st Place 2006 IRMA Award (International Regional Magazine Association) for Best Nature Feature, Save the Monkeyface, published in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, April 2005.

My Favorites!

  • Articles produced under the Mongabay Prize for Environmental Reporting/Special Reporting Initiative:
  • Pig Poop Power: Scaling up waste-to-energy technology could transform the hog farming industry. Discover Magazine, Mar 2014.
  • Think for Yourself: Critical thinking skills are more important than ever in today's information environment. Ensia.com. Spring 2013 online only.

  • The Tiniest Catch 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. I also wrote 9 posts for Nature's Great Beyond blog when I was on the ship (that goes to the final one, with previous posts linked at the bottom).

  • Save the Birds - With Doppler Radar. The first article I wrote for the award-winning Pacific Standard (then Miller-McCune) magazine, Apr/May 2011. Picked up in a blog post on the Knight Science Journalism Tracker: "Evocative, focused, surprising, and narratively pure." - Charlie Petit, KSJ blogger.

  • Fighting for the Firefox. Nepal's red panda is getting help from a small group of local forest guardians, but the highly endangered mammal still faces a troubled future as its habitat is lost to deforestation. National Wildlife Magazine. Feb/Mar 2009.

  • DIVING WITH SHARKS! In April 2008, Discovery Channel sent me to Australia's Coral Sea with biologists and the Expedition Shark documentary crew. The first post, Fear, about our relationship with and to sharks, is one of my faves. The rest are here.

  • My 30 days of Consumer Celibacy. Living Green dept. OnEarth Magazine, Summer 2007. I love this article, and check out the hilarious artwork on the PDF version!

  • Back to Nature: What is it about simplicity and solitude that inspires writers? My New Mexico Adventures Featured in E the Environmental Magazine

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