Earlier this year, conservation biologist James Borrell published a list of the top 100 conservation Twitter accounts to follow in 2014. Women were noticeably missing from the list, even when some of the biggest names in a given area were women.  Yet there are many interesting, talented women in the fields of conservation science, photography and journalism. Below is a list of some women in conservation worth following.


Photographers and Videographers


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On 9/11: Memories, Manhasset, and Moehringer

by Allie on September 11, 2013

I can remember exactly where I was twelve years ago today. It’s a flashbulb memory–a vivid snapshot of the moment and circumstances when you learned about a shocking event. The kind of memory my grandparents’ generation experienced with the assassination of JFK, and the kind of memory my generation experienced with 9/11, and more recently, the Boston Marathon bombings.

I was in high school, and had stayed home sick that day. My mom was taking me to the doctor, but first we stopped to drop my little sister off at the nanny’s house. I was listening to K-Rock radio, when I heard Howard Stern say that a plane had hit the World Trade Center, and my first thought was, “That’s sick….he’s gone too far this time.” I didn’t believe it until my mom came out from the nanny’s house and told me she saw it on TV.

The events kept unfolding over the radio as I sat in the doctor’s office. When I heard that the first tower fell, I began to cry, not knowing which building my dad worked in or if he was okay. The nurse, in shock and busy consoling me, forgot about the tight blood pressure cuff around my arm until she noticed and quickly released the pressure.

I spent the rest of the day glued to the TV, watching the coverage and seeing the same footage looped over and over until there was something new to report. The only other thing I remember about the day is intermittent calls from my dad, giving us updates whenever he could as he tried to figure out a way to get home. He made it home–one of the lucky ones.

Others in my town weren’t as lucky. Manhasset, whose residents largely work in finance, was hit disproportionately hard. Nearly 50 people from my small town were lost that day.

To read the LA Times’ article on Manhasset that ran on the one year anniversary of the attacks is to gain a glimpse into what life is like here. I came across the article on last year’s anniversary, and wondered who wrote such a beautiful, intimate portrait of the town where I grew up. Upon seeing the byline–JR Moehringer–it clicked. Moehringer grew up here as well. I don’t know if he was here after the attacks, but if you grew up here, then you wouldn’t have had to be here to understand what it was like.

Our community is small. Entire families live here: grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. People don’t leave, and if they do, they tend to come back. According to Moehringer’s article, half of the homes sold annually  in Manhasset are sold to people who were born here. It’s how I know that the names of those lost belonged to the loved ones of people I grew up with.  You’d be hard-pressed to find someone from Manhasset who does recognize the names and places in Moehringer’s article.

Reading the article for the second year in a row, it still brings me to tears. I get the sense that reading the article will becoming an annual tradition. More than just a piece of journalism, it is a beautifully-written tribute, a way to remember those lost on 9/11.

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Stating the Obvious: Sexual Assault is Not Okay

June 21, 2013

TRIGGER WARNING. Describes unwanted contact, may be triggering to survivors of harassment or assault. I’m so livid that I don’t even know where to begin. Earlier this week, a Kickstarter project called “Above the Game” was not only funded, but it was funded 800 times over. If you’ve missed out on the internet buzz about […]

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Reporting While Running Toward Danger

April 16, 2013

“There are three kinds of people who run toward disaster, not away: cops, firemen and reporters.” -Rod Dreher, newspaper columnist I saw this quote on the wall at the Newseum in Washington DC this past autumn, just days before the anniversary of September 11th. While the quote is not entirely accurate, as evidenced by all […]

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To Fence or Not to Fence: That is the Question

March 20, 2013

To fence, or not to fence: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler for lions to suffer The slings and arrows of outraged farmers, Or to take measures against the wrath of men, And by fencing protect them? Conservation biologists have long debated whether wildlife, and carnivores in particular, should be managed through landscape approaches […]

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A beginner’s guide to Pinterest

March 7, 2013

Last night I gave a talk with Denise Graveline on using Pinterest for science writers, an event hosted by Science Writers in New York and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. (If you missed it, ASJA has an archive of the event.) Denise has shared her slides and recapped the event on her blog, explaining […]

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