The writer, Erik Vance, explores a patch of cloud forest near El Zapotal, Veracruz. (Dominic Bracco II / Prime for Biographic)

A Forest Hidden by Fog

for bioGraphic
Published: September 2016

Spellbound by an idea, a writer sets out to find the mythical cloud forest—and shines a bright light on an endangered ecosystem.
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In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

for National Geographic
Published: September 2016

The ambitious Snake kings used force and diplomacy to create the most powerful alliance in their culture’s history.

Suggestible You

for National Geographic Books

Upcoming book, due to be released in November, about the curious science of your brain's ability to deceive, transform, and heal.
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Great White Mystery

for National Geographic
Published: June 2016

Thanks to Jaws, they're the ocean's most iconic and feared fish. But we know surprisingly little about them.

Story Collider: Is This Biology?

In October 2015, I appeared with Story Collider to talk about porcupines, Satan worshippers, and biology.

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Story Collider: The Biology of Pig Shit

In early 2016 I tell a story onstage about the chemistry of pig manure.
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Nieman Storyboard: “Scientists are quirky everywhere”

for Nieman Storyboard
Published: December 2015

Biologist-turned-journalist Erik Vance on incorporating science into narrative stories

NASW Science in Society Winner, 2015

For the Discover magazine feature "Why Nothing Works"
Copyright Dominic Bracco II

Feeding the Billions

for Scientific American
Published: April 2015

How a small group of visionaries are trying to feed China—and save the world's oceans.
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Manifesto of a Wasp Scientist

for The Last Word on Nothing

All characters in this essay are fictional and should not be confused with real scientists. I ask that no bee researcher take offense.
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Hugh and the Boobies

for Hakai Magazine
Published: April 22, 2015

Like characters in a soap opera, boobies on a remote Mexican island cheat, kill, and jostle for power.