Posted on 22nd December 2009 by Liza Gross in Uncategorized

I’m an award-winning freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area and a senior editor at the open-access biomedical journal PLOS Biology. I write about wildlife, ecology and evolution, conservation, environmental health, science policy, 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 The Intercept, The Nation, Ensia, New York Times, Discover, Science Insider, Slate, NPR, 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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Efforts to Combat Zika Don’t Have to Harm the Environment, Ensia, Nov. 21, 2016

Seeding Doubt: How self-appointed guardians of “sound science” tip the scales toward industry, The Intercept, Nov. 15, 2016

At California Psychiatric Hospitals, Epidemic of Patients’ Assaults on Staff Goes Untreated, KQED, Oct. 3, 2016

Forget GMOs. Pesticides Pose the Real Risk, The American Prospect, August 23, 2016

Productive, Protein-Rich Breadfruit Could Help The World’s Hungry Tropics, NPR, August 9, 2016

The Number One Thing We Can Do to Protect Earth’s Oceans, Ensia, May 23, 2016

A New Study Suggests Even the Toughest Regulations Aren’t Tough Enough, The Nation, February 23, 2016

Rethinking Lion Conservation, podcast for PLOS Biologue, Nov. 23, 2015

Fields of Toxic Pesticides Surround the Schools of Ventura County–Are They Poisoning the Students?, for The Nation, April 6, 2015

Parents Who Shun Vaccines Tend To Cluster, Boosting Children’s Risk, for NPR, Jan. 20, 2015

For the Monarch Butterfly, a Long Road Back, cover story, New York Times Science Times, Nov. 18, 2014

Plight of the Monarch podcast, with the NYT’s David Corcoran

Face of Hope, cover story, Discover Magazine, September 2014. Won a 2014 Society of Professional Journalists NorCal Excellence in Journalism Award and honorable mention from ASJA for Reporting on a Significant Topic

For Bhutan, It Takes a Community to Save the Snow Leopard, NatGeo’s Voices

Pumas on treadmills reveal the evolutionary benefits of the cats’ cryptic ways, NatGeo’s News Watch

Strokes, long on the decline among the elderly, are rising among younger adults, front page of The Washington Post’s Health & Science section

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

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

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