Posted on 22nd December 2009 by Liza Gross in Uncategorized


I’m an award-winning freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, a senior editor at the open-access biomedical journal PLOS Biology, and a contributor to Environmental Health News. I write about wildlife, ecology and evolution, conservation, environmental health, science policy, the science of wine, and more. My stories reflect my wide-ranging interests and curiosity about the natural world and our place in it, and have appeared in diverse outlets, including Slate, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic’s News Watch, High Country News, East Bay Express, Scientific American, Sierra, Tikkun, PLOS Biology, Wines & Vines, Wine Spectator.

I blog about ecology, wildlife, and environmental health at KQED Science

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Contact: lizagross@gmail.com

Visiting grizzlies at WSU Bear Center




Don’t Jump! A simple fix to the Golden Gate Bridge would save hundreds of lives. Medical Examiner in Slate. Won the 2014 ASJA award for Op-Ed.

Flame Retardants in consumer products are linked to health and cognitive problems, front page of The Washington Post’s Health & Science section

Facing the Traumas of War my essay on an enduring yet overlooked cost of war in Beinghuman.org

Podcast interview with conservation biologist Georgina Mace about the sustainability crisis

My contribution to Environmental Health News’ award-winning environmental justice series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color: No Beba el Agua. Don’t Drink the Water

Should Chimpanzees Have Moral Standing? An interview with Frans de Waal

Money to Burn, my investigative report for Environmental Health News, and cover story in the East Bay Express, shows the chemical industry spent millions to block attempts to regulate flame retardants

Pesticide Emasculates Animals New review confirms atrazine’s ability to wreak havoc on the male reproductive system, in the East Bay Express

The Lion Counters, guest post for Last Word on Nothing

A profile of documentary great Frederick Wiseman in California magazine

Pondering condors, extinction, and human folly in Back to the future

New research in wild songbirds suggests climate change could affect rates of evolution

Making Sense of Sulfites in Wines & Vines

Cover story in the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Insight section, Mountain Lions Straying into More Urban Areas

Can genetic engineering help disease-plagued grapevines? Grapes Transformed in Wine Spectator

Tiger experts call for desperate measures to save the world’s largest cat in A Last Stand for Tigers?, in National Geographic’s News Watch