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Lisa Palmer

Former Public Policy Scholar


    July 1, 2014 — May 31, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Senior Fellow at SESYNC, Journalist, and Author of Hot, Hungry Planet

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Feeding a Hot Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Climate Change, and Population”

    Full Biography

    As an independent journalist for the last 15 years, Palmer has reported almost exclusively on climate change, the environment, and business sustainability since 2008. Her work has appeared in publications such as Slate Magazine, Nature Climate Change, The Guardian, Yale E360, The Yale Forum, Scientific American, and The New York Times, among many others. She is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the D.C. Science Writers Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She has received grants and fellowships to support her work from the National Science Foundation-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, and the Solutions Journalism Network, among many others. She received her B.S. from Boston University and her M.S. from Simmons College in Boston.

    Major Publications

    "Providing aid before climate disasters strike." Nature Climate Change (2013)

    "Show me the money." Nature Climate Change (2011)

    "Famine is a feminist issue." Slate Magazine (2014)

    “The next water cycle.” Nature Climate Change (2014)

    “A new climate for grazing cattle.” Nature Climate Change (2014)

    “South American science.” Nature (2014)