I’m a Boston-based reporter and editor with many years of experience writing about energy and environment, technology, science, and business. I am currently Deputy Editor and Environment & Energy editor of The Conversation, a news analysis and commentary site written by academics and edited by journalists for a general audience. (Here is a Boston Globe profile and a report from the Nieman Lab on The Conversation.)
Before joining The Conversation, I was the national correspondent at Xconomy covering emerging technology and clean technology for entrepreneurs and investors. I also wrote regularly for MIT Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, the Boston Globe, the Guardian Sustainable Business, Greentech Media, GreenBiz, and Scientific American. As an editor and a reporter, I’ve covered climate change and related issues in environment and energy from many different angles — science and technology, investment and business, as well as policy and politics.
Previously, I worked for 10 years at tech news site CNET, where I was the lead reporter and manager of the Green Tech blog. During the dotcom boom and bust, I was the executive editor of enterprise tech publication InfoWorld (bio).
Below are some selected articles I’ve written or you can click the menus above.
Electric Grid, You Have Software Updates Available
Researchers are developing software that will let renewable energy flow into and out of a decentralized power grid like data on the Internet
A Big Bet on How to Store Grid Energy Cheaply
In the race to develop cheaper energy storage for the electricity grid, a group of startups and academics are building mechanical systems, rather than batteries, that use basic materials–air, steel, water, gravel.
How Cities Are Adapting to Severe Storms
Burned by severe weather, civil engineer and urban planners are making building and infrastructure resiliency a top priority.
Nuclear Startups Reimagine Atomic Energy
Driven by worries over climate change and global energy use, young entrepreneurs are taking on the daunting task of building the next generation of nuclear power.
The Boston Globe
Fracking: a proving ground for water technologies
The energy industry’s growing demand for water is spurring water-treatment innovation that could spill over into other sectors.
How to Build an Atomic Startup
Why long-term funding matters to all young companies trying to solve tough technical problems in energy, tech, and biotech.
Why Cheap Biofuels from Superbugs Fell Short
LS9 was a synthetic biology pioneer created by premier scientists and top-flight venture capitalists to make low-cost fuels such as diesel from sugar. But companies formed to make biofuels from genetically engineered microbes have yet to produce fuel at scale or compete with petroleum on price.
MIT Technology Review
Fish Get Pedigrees, the High-Tech Way
Entrepreneurs are bringing technology to the ancient business of hauling fish from the sea. They aim to improve the traceability of wild-caught fish in an effort to make the industry economically and environmentally sustainable.
Woods Hole deep sea sub gets a makeover
An overhaul of the storied Woods Hole-based sub Alvin will let scientists descend four miles below sea level to explore the earth’s final frontier.
The Robots are Coming
A series of stories in Xconomy on robotics