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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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Stewards of the Sea

for National Geographic
Published: September 2017


As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life.
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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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How Fireflies Are Keeping This Tiny Mexican Town Alive

for National Geographic
Published: August 24, 2017


In Nanacamilpa, a magical display of fireflies is attracting tourists by the thousands—now locals wonder how they can sustain the insect that brought them so much prosperity.
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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
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TEDX: Chronic Pain – Shedding the Second Dark Age


Published: September 26, 2017


Chronic Pain: Shedding the Second Dark Age
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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.
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Why the Mexico City Earthquake Shook Up Disaster Predictions

for Scientific American
Published: September 21, 2017


Tuesday’s deadly quake did not come from the place many geologists thought would unleash the next “big one.”
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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.