Meet SEJ member Lauren Oakes! Lauren is a conservation scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University and a freelance writer. Her first book, "In Search of the Canary Tree" (Basic Books, 2018), was selected as one of Science Friday's Best Science Books of 2018, the Second-Place Winner of SEJ's 2019 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and a 2019 finalist for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Communication Award. In addition to publishing her climate- and forest-related research in peer-reviewed journals, Lauren has contributed to National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Scientific American, Anthropocene Magazine, Emergence Magazine and Lit Hub, among other media and literary outlets. She writes about forest and climate-related issues, and generally loves crafting longform narrative.
When asked how SEJ has made her job easier, Lauren said, "I joined the mentor program when I was starting to write my book, "In Search of the Canary Tree," and I matched with Dan Fagin. He was a very helpful mentor for a first-time author. I've enjoyed going to the conference each year to connect with both scientists and journalists. I've found the SEJ network very helpful for tips on freelancing and also connecting with various editors and other writers." Join Lauren at SEJ today!
See some of Lauren's work:
- "QIKIQTAĠRUK: Almost an Island," Emergence Magazine, March 31, 2021.
- "The Real Cost of Planting Trees," Scientific American, January 29, 2021.
- "How to Plant the Forests of the Future," Anthropocene Magazine, July 2020.
- "On Survival: the Dead, the Sapling, and the Ancients," Emergence Magazine, January 9, 2020.
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