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.


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.
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...
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.
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...
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...


The Best Hair Straightener
The GVP Digital's temperature range is as wide as the rest, and its plates are big enough to grab a strand of hair without being too big to maneuver. It heats up as quickly and...
Think You Have a Bird-Friendly Backyard? Think Again.
Last spring, Justine Kummer was loafing on her couch when she heard a loud bang on the window in front of her. Startled, she ran outside to investigate the noise, and her heart...
The Best Lotions for Most People
After 20 hours of research and testing 10 popular drugstore brands, our new pick is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Simple ingredients like dimethicone, petrolatum, and...

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