header-maya-blue

The Hidden Coastal Culture of the Ancient Maya

for Hakai
Published: November 6, 2018

For thousands of years, ancient Maya kings ruled a vast inland empire in Mexico and Belize. But just how inland was it, really?
Dtlb7DlWsAEwlZ2

Why Environmentalists and Hunters are United in Saying the Endangered Species Act Is Failing and Needs to Be Fixed

for Newsweek
Published: December 1, 2018

The Endangered Species Act is a common whipping boy for the right and a sacred cow for the left. Could they both be right?
Screen Shot 2018-12-05 at 1.51.52 PM

Early Warnings of Terrible Earthquakes Appear High in the Sky, a New Theory Says

for Scientific American
Published: October, 2018

The best early warnings of a big disaster may appear 180 miles above the ground, a controversial new theory says
Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 8.57.15 AM

A Widening Gulf

for WWF Magazine
Published: Summer 2015

For fishing families along America’s Gulf Coast, illegal fishing is a reality that’s hitting very close to home.
Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 5.42.19 PM

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.
screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-10-45-18-am

Excerpt: Remembering Childhood Trauma That Never Happened

for New York Magazine

Published: November 2016

New York Magazine ran an excerpt from my book, Suggestible You, introducing the concept of false memories.
Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 6.44.37 PM

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.
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.
Copyright Dominic Bracco II

An Ocean Apart

for Virginia Quarterly Review
Published: Spring 2015

Can two forces threatening the sustainability of sharks—the fishermen of Mexico and consumers in China—help the fish survive?