Lexi Krupp

science journalist

Hi, I'm Lexi, a science journalist currently based in New York City. 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 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, People Preserving Place festival and the Environmental Film Festival at Yale. I graduated from New York University with a masters in journalism where I reported on leeches, hermits, and dragon boat racers. When I'm not reporting, I love getting outside: biking, swimming, exploring the woods, you name it.

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Portfolio

Selected Features

Audubon

The Interior Department Is Using Faulty Logic to Justify New Oil Projects

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...

Audubon

How This Year's Devastating Red Tide Has Wreaked Havoc on Florida's Birds

A handful of wobbly Red Knots have stayed in Melissa Dollard's living room nearly every night for the past three weeks. The shorebirds are precariously underweight. Their legs...

Popular Science

Human cancers aren't contagious, but dogs and other animals aren't so lucky

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...

News & Explainers

Audubon

Report on Arctic Drilling's Environmental Impacts Is Deeply Flawed, Critics Say

Just over a year ago, Congress passed a tax bill that included a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. The bill required that the...

Audubon

Nepal's Endangered Vultures Are Finally Making a Comeback

At a restaurant in Pithauli, Nepal, there's only one offering: raw beef. The meal isn't for people-it's for endangered vultures. While the birds feast, tourists in a nearby...

Audubon

How Hundreds of Volunteers Protected California's Tricolored Blackbirds

Three years ago, when Debi Shearwater spied a hayfield peppered with hundreds of nesting Tricolored Blackbirds from her car, she immediately panicked. She was on one of her...

Audubon

The Arctic Is No Longer A Safe Haven for Breeding Shorebirds

Every year, intrepid shorebirds endure long, taxing journeys to the Arctic to raise their chicks. Tens of millions of birds comprising dozens of species, like Bar-tailed...

Audubon

Yards With Non-Native Plants Create 'Food Deserts' for Bugs and Birds

Desirée Narango has knocked on hundreds of doors in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. to make an intimate request of homeowners: permission to count and identify the trees and...

Tonic

Alcohol Can Create a Kind of Anxiety Loop

Alfonso Scarpa/Unsplash When John McGeary leads therapy sessions for anxiety at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island, he'll often draw a graph on the...

Audubon

It's Hard to Know When a Species Is Extinct. A Mathematical Model Could Help.

There weren't supposed to be any old-growth forests left on Cebu, a lush island in the heart of the Philippines-and with the trees' absence, no Cebu Flowerpeckers, either. For...

Popular Science

How to recycle shoes, crayons, toothbrushes, and other random stuff

Nearly 30 pounds of old crayons from all over the country land on Kim Martonosi's doorstep every day. With the help of her kids, she sorts the worn and broken wax sticks by...

Popular Science

Cuba's pristine reefs are ideal for spotting great hammerhead sharks

Scientists are studying Cuba's pristine reefs as an exploratory trip to see if they could find any great hammerheads and document the reef's condition. They want to go back to...

Popular Science

Rising sea levels are going to mess with the internet, sooner than you think

Snaking beneath roads and strung across oceans, hundreds of thousands of miles of cables and their connections make up the backbone of the internet. Despite its magnitude, this...

Popular Science

Dogs spread across the Americas alongside humans. Then they got eaten.

When people traversed across the land bridge connecting Siberia to North America, dogs trotted by their sides. Canines and their human companions spread throughout the continent...

Popular Science

Meteorologists just found the coldest natural temperatures on the planet

A brisk night on Mars is often balmier than a July evening in eastern Antarctica. The coldest place on earth sits atop the Eastern Antarctic Plateau, two miles above the sea....

Popular Science

Why biologists are so excited to find a bunch of puny manta rays

Late in the evening, a government-owned catamaran departs from Galveston, Texas nearly every week of the summer. It travels through the night, a hundred miles down the Gulf of...

Popular Science

A pack of wolves is about to save this national park

When a Chicago man brought his sick dog on a fishing trip to Isle Royale National Park, he set off the outbreak of a virus that would devastate the island's wolves. The disease,...

Popular Science

These U.S. Air Force pilots are ready for hurricane hunting season

An Air Force unit celebrated the start of hurricane season early this year, with a flight over the Yucatán Peninsula at the end of May to penetrate the heart of subtropical...