Hello, I'm a science and environmental journalist. I like to write about research in wild places and environmental and health issues that hit close to home.
My writing has appeared in Audubon, Popular Science, Tonic, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and elsewhere. I've been a guest on the podcast The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week and my film projects have been selected for the New York Wild Film Festival, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, People Preserving Place festival and the Environmental Film Festival at Yale.
I graduated from New York University with a master's in journalism where I reported on leeches, hermits, and dragon boat racers. Before that, I taught and learned from young people in northern Wisconsin and along the coast of Maine. And once, I spent a summer chasing mountain goats for the Forest Service.
Get in touch: alexakrupp [at] gmail [dot] com
Leeches were once a popular medical treatment for everything from headaches to hemorrhages. Now a subculture of true believers is reclaiming this ancient practice.
The Beaufort Sea along Alaska's north coast is bitter cold, packed with marine life, and underlain with millions of gallons of oil. Since the 1980s, oil companies have targeted a shallow area five miles from shore-between Prudhoe Bay, once North America's most productive oil field, and the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in the country-to build an oil and gas production facility, the first in Alaska's federal waters.
Dogs can get one of the more bizarre cancers in the world. The disease spreads from dog to dog, but it's not triggered by a virus, the way Human papillomavirus can prompt cervical cancer in people. Instead, the tumors spread between dogs by the transfer of cancerous cells themselves.
Lobstering will start up in Cape Cod Bay next week once migrating right whales swim out of the plankton-rich waters. From February until early May, the state prohibits fishermen from setting traps in the bay to protect the feasting whales. But while the fishery was still closed this season, a handful of lobstermen kept busy on the water.
The Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted waterways in the country. For almost two decades, a community of canoers has paddled its waters, advocating for their cleanup. Now, changes in the neighborhood may improve the water quality, but change its character.
Harwich residents brought doughnuts out for Eversouce Energy workers on Tuesday morning as the crew put up a nest platform for a pair of ospreys on Route 28. The birds arrived in the area at the end of March for nesting season but when they went to settle into their old haunt on top of a telephone pole, the nest was gone.
The U.S. is shooting for the moon, again. In March, Vice President Mike Pence said he wants to see a NASA lunar mission in the next five years. While experts debate the reality of this goal, the astronauts who already visited the moon nearly 50 years ago as part of the Apollo missions have spent time reflecting on how the experience changed them.
A strange whirring noise caught the attention of teachers at Puman Middle School in China's Hunan province last year. For months, the sound hummed throughout the night and over the school's holiday breaks. The internet slowed. The building's electricity bill doubled.
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Jerry Berrier wanted desperately to go birding. He'd been listening to birds, recording them, and learning to identify them by sound for decades. Wherever he went-family vacations, car trips, walks down the city streets-he would hoist a microphone into the air to grab a snippet.