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.

Project Summary

At the Wilson Center, Palmer will devote her time to research and writing projects at the nexus of population growth, agriculture, energy, environmental security, and climate change. Her work will identify interdisciplinary, solutions-based global actions. By gaining knowledge and varied perspectives on how environmental security, population growth and food production are impacted by climate change as well as contributes to it, she will write about the challenges of feeding a growing population in a warming world.

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)