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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
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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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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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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?
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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.
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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Losing Maya Heritage to Looters

for National Geographic
Published: August 8, 2014


Stolen artifacts are making it from the Guatemalan jungle to wealthy black-market buyers.
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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.