Hannah Waters

Senior Associate Editor, Audubon

Telling stories about wildlife surviving in and adapting to the Anthropocene. My science and environmental writing has been published by Audubon, Smithsonian, Slate, Vice Motherboard, Nautilus, National Geographic, and others.

United States of America


Featured Stories


To See How Oil Drilling Would Transform the Arctic Refuge, Look Next Door to Prudhoe Bay

The spiderweb of infrastructure at Prudhoe Bay's oilfield will be replicated at the Arctic Refuge if it's opened to drilling—a fact legislators downplay.


Can These Seabirds Adapt Fast Enough to Survive a Melting Arctic?

On a remote Alaskan sandbar, under the watchful eye of a devoted scientist for more than four decades, climate change is forcing a colony of seabirds into a real-time race:...


Where in the World Is the Anthropocene?

Some geologists believe we’ve entered a new era. Now they have to search for the rocks that prove it.

Wildlife & Conservation


The World's Largest Marine Protected Area Is a Conservation Victory with Caveats

At the end of October, a room full of politicians, biologists, and conservationists in Australia erupted in applause. After five years of negotiations, 24 countries and the...


The Ambitious Plan to Save Chesapeake Bay's Shrinking Saltmarshes

The marshes are falling apart. Hope for them—and for the birds and people that call them home—comes with mud, grass, grit, and optimism.

National Geographic News

Deadly Brain Disease Is Driving Swamp Birds Insane

It's not easy to make a living as a bird of prey, especially if you're a Florida snail kite. Once at risk of starvation due to declines in its favored prey, the endangered bird...

Slate Magazine

There’s Still Hope for the Great Barrier Reef

Fixing climate change isn’t the only thing we can do to help the reef recover.

Hakai Magazine

Darwin's Cage Match

In the Australian outback, researchers are pitting small endangered marsupials against feral cats to see if they can force evolution's hand.


The Internet of Elephant Seals

Michael Fedak's favorite animal is the elephant seal, but not for the typical reasons. It's not their expressive faces or huge smiles that draw him in, nor their surprisingly...

Climate Change


Future Ice Melt Enough to List Species as Threatened Now

Currently, bearded seals in the Arctic are chasing the edge of the region's sea ice south as it refreezes after a long summer's melt. They must be happy to see its return, as...


U.S. Exit from Paris Climate Agreement Sets America on Lonely, Misbegotten Path

For weeks now, the world has waited with bated breath for President Donald Trump to decide whether the United States will continue to collaborate internationally to reduce...


The Best Defense Against Sea Level Rise Leaves Little Room for Birds

Karl Nordstrom has grown used to seeing a world invisible to everyone else. When he goes to the Jersey Shore and gazes upon an endless stretch of white sand, he doesn't see the...

Life at the Extremes


The Robots That Dare to Explore Antarctica's Frozen Ocean

In 2008, Stacy Kim arrived in Antarctica to search for life in one of the most inaccessible places on the planet: under the continent's permanent ice shelves. The marine...

Hakai Magazine

Life Finds a Way

How will Japan's new volcanic island turn green?


Microbes Buried Deep in Ocean Crust May Form World's Largest Ecosystem

If you were to hit the seafloor and continue to travel down, you'd run into an ecosystem unlike any other on earth. Beneath several hundred meters of seafloor sediment is the...