The Orange County Register

  • Environment and science reporter
  • April 2013 – August 2016

At The Orange County Register in California, I wrote about an array of diverse topics including climate change, drought, energy policy, wildlife and scientific discoveries. Always, my mission was to make complex topics accessible to non-experts through engaging storytelling.

These stories are just a few of my favorites:

Did you know there’s a warehouse full of fossils in Orange County?” (July 31, 2016)

Beetles eating millions of trees are creating a fire risk in parts of Orange County.” (July 2, 2016)

Tiny creature, big effort: Once thought extinct, Pacific pocket mouse released into Laguna Park.” (June 15, 2016)

White abalone were nearly eaten out of existence in the 1970s. Now, a breeding program aims to revive them.” (May 5, 2016)

O.C. cities need to speed up preparations for the encroachment of ocean waters.” (May 4, 2016)

Housing vs. oil wells: In Orange County, it’s increasingly leading to tension.” (April 2, 2016)

Orange County faces more competition for drought-strangled Colorado River.” (March 5, 2016)

Battle at Banning Ranch: Project reflects activists’ fears, coastal panel’s frustrations.” (Feb. 28, 2016)

As snowpack deepens, drought concern lingers.” (Jan. 25, 2016)

Something wrong in the wild: Sea lion pups washing ashore because ocean can’t support them.” (Jan. 9, 2016)

Climate change a likely culprit for declines in ocean fish.” (Nov. 8, 2015))

Should homeowners with solar panels pay to help maintain the electrical grid?” (Oct. 13, 2015)

Fire season on the horizon: Santa Anas fan flames that are more dangerous than summer blazes, study says.” (Sept. 29, 2015)

EPA takes over groundwater cleanup in North Orange County, site may go on Superfund list.” (Sept. 24, 2015)

Who cashed in on turf rebates? Country clubs got their share.” (Sept. 20, 2015)

Tri Alpha Energy takes small step toward huge goal of fusion reactor.” (Sept. 8, 2015)

How can we save mountain lions in Orange County? Bring more in, study says.” (July 16, 2015)

California’s toxic waters make for toxic shark, like the one caught in Huntington Beach.” (July 13, 2015)

In drought and desperate times, an unlikely water source: the desert?” (June 7, 2015)

Batteries to store solar energy could presage independence from utilities.” (April 30, 2015)

On Earth Day, O.C.’s environmental radicals look even further into the future.” (April 21, 2015)

Desalination could provide O.C. an infinite water supply, but at a steep cost.” (April 18, 2015)

Water consumption boils down to simple formula: More land = more water.” (April 12, 2015)

Yes, you can drink it – and you probably already are: O.C. toilet-to-tap recycled water program is expanding.” (Feb. 23, 2015)

Upper Newport Bay wildlife habitat being revived.” (Dec. 28, 2014)

We ate our most popular mollusk to the point of near-extinction.” (Dec. 1, 2014)

UCI is waging an Ebola battle that might lead to cure.” (Nov. 11, 2014)

With cheaper technology now, the pros and cons of installing solar.” (Oct. 18, 2014)

When it comes to fracking, fracktivist residents see red, not black gold.” (Oct. 11, 2014)

Man vs. trout vs. drought.” (Aug. 16, 2014)

Under the sea: Smashing urchins, restoring kelp forest.” (June 20, 2014)

Emerging from the darkness: Holocaust survivor tells her tale of survival in Poland.” (April 20, 2014)

Changing course: L.A. River’s purpose under review.” (March 10, 2014)

Just what is floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?” (Feb. 16, 2014)

Long Beach breakwater removal efforts against the wall.” (Feb. 3, 2014)

We want our people to be proud again.” (Jan. 5, 2014)

Threats to whales led to shipping lane changes.” (Dec. 21, 2013)

Author Zadie Smith to speak in Newport.” (Oct. 29, 2013)