Writing short

for Central Time
Hear how over-fishing in the Sea of Cortez serves as an example of what's to come globally.

Interview: Happening Now

for Happening Now
I appeared on a national news show to talk about the book and the cover story.
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Interpretive panel at the San Jose Airport

Every now and again I do random adventures in science writing like this interpretive panel now on display just outside of the San Jose Airport. The text is mine, the images are, sadly, not.


Bay Trail Interpretive Panel

An interpretive panel I helped conceive with Cathy Reinhard of NatureGraphic Interpretive Design. Somewhere on the Peninsula near Redwood City.


Erik Vance scrutinizes a battle over dolphin rights

for The Open Notebook
Published: November 2011

Reporting from the trenches in the war over dolphin rights, freelance science writer Erik Vance relates the story of Lori Marino and Diana Reiss, dolphin researchers who have spent most of their careers as close colleagues and friends

Natural Habitat: Erik Vance

for The Open Notebook
Published: October 2012

To see the slideshow, click here.
In our “Natural Habitat” series, we invite science writers to share their working spaces — offices, spare bedrooms, coffee shops, hammocks — and the accoutrements that help them do their best work. (If you’d like to nominate your office to be featured at Natural Habitat, let …

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The human cost of cocaine

for Mornings with Nicole Dyer (Australia)
Published: February 2015

Conversation about the cultural costs of cocaine use. Click below or visit the website. Start at 7:40


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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Nieman Storyboard: “Scientists are quirky everywhere”

for Nieman Storyboard
Published: December 2015

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

A Day in the Life of Erik Vance

for The Open Notebook
Published: October 2015

An online resource by science journalists dedicated to science journalism as craft.