Sarah Zielinski – Wild Things in the Age of Humans

Zielinski_headshot“Wild Things in the Age of Humans”
Sarah Zielinski, Science Writer and Editor

Friday, August 5, 2016, 8 – 9pm
Lillie Auditorium
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Introduction by Heather Goldstone, Science Editor, WCAI (Cape & Islands NPR station)

Lecture Abstract:

Humankind has left its fingerprints all across the world. Even remote sites, like the far reaches of the Amazon and the frigid Antarctic, are rarely free from human influence. Scientists are now arguing over when these marks might show up in the geologic record, marking a new epoch in Earth’s history. But walk across the animal kingdom and such imprints are not hard to find. And while the public might focus on polar bears trodding through an ice-free world or piles of poached elephant ivory, human impacts aren’t limited to charismatic megafauna. In this talk, I will explore some of the unusual effects humans are having on animal species, from the depths of the oceans to remote forests to our own backyards.

Sarah Zielinski wanted to be a marine biologist when she was growing up. But after graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in biology, and a stint at the National Science Foundation, she realized that she didn’t want to spend her life studying just one area of science—she wanted to learn about it all and share that knowledge with the public. In 2004, she received an M.A. in journalism from New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and began a career in science journalism.

After spending several years as an associate editor at Smithsonian magazine, Zielinski is now a freelance science writer. On her blog, Wild Things, hosted at Science News magazine, she explores the weird and the wild in the natural world. She is an editor for and frequent contributor to Science News for Students, a free, online publication aimed at kids ages 9 to 14. Her work has also appeared in Science, Scientific American, Discover and National Geographic News. She is the winner of the DCSWA 2010 Science News Brief Award and editor of the winner of the Gold Award for Children’s Science News in the 2015 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards. In 2005, she was a Marine Biological Laboratory Science Journalism Fellow.