Chapter 1: Adélie penguins: Life at the Edge of Possibility
Hugh Powell is science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He writes about birds, ecology, evolution, and ocean science. After brief early careers as a tropical birder and a ski bum, he earned a master’s degree studying woodpeckers, beetles, and fire ecology in the mountains of Idaho and Montana. He then studied science writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Smithsonian, New Scientist, and the California Academy of Sciences. He recently returned from his second expedition to cover science in Antarctica with Chris Linder and is casting about for ways to go a third time. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Chapter 2: Searching for Spring in the Bering Sea
On a Wednesday night in November, 2008, Helen Fields got an e-mail about a photographer who was looking for a writer to poke around the Bering Sea on an icebreaker for six weeks. It sounded like the adventure of a lifetime, but she had a staff job at a magazine. Within 12 hours, a round of layoffs had freed her from the shackles of full-time employment and put her on the road to the Bering Sea. As a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C., Helen writes about animals, psychology, space, oceans, molecular biology, and whatever else her editors can think of. She has written for Smithsonian, Science, and National Geographic. While on the Healy, she was known for her knitting and her naps, and would like to reassure everyone that both these activities are as important to her life on land as they were at sea.
Chapter 3: Exploring the Arctic Seafloor
With both uncles, both parents, and both siblings all doctors, Lonny Lippsett’s slot in medical school was bestowed at birth. But he was a changeling, who delighted in words and stories. He took all the requisite undergraduate pre-medical science courses, but completed his degree in an even more arduous major: Not-Becoming-a-Doctor. After earning a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University, he worked as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers in Connecticut. Whenever stories with any science angle popped up, editors scanned the newsroom for a reporter who realized that some genes were stored in chromosomes, not closets, and they tapped Lippsett. He has been a full-time science journalist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and since 1998, at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he is managing editor of Oceanus magazine and has tag-teamed with a scientist to teach a course for oceanographic graduate students called “How Not to Write for Peer-Reviewed Journals: Talking to Everybody Else.”
Chapter 4: Greenland’s Glacial Lakes
Amy Nevala has written about science for newspapers and magazines in Seattle, Chicago, and Washington DC, and most recently for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, where she lives. Her favorite stories have taken her into the field; she has accompanied scientists on research expeditions to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Nicaragua, and remote regions of Alaska. She once pedaled 3,254 miles across the United States as a bicycling storyteller for an American Lung Association fundraising project. Her four-year-old son often asks about her science reporting trip to Greenland, and enjoys hearing about the helicopter rides and miles of hiking. But he deducted “cool mom” points after learning that she occasionally dropped her notebooks in the many slush-filled holes dotting the ice sheet.