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The Disenrolled
The New York Times Magazine
A new chapter in the long, strange story of who "counts" as Native American.

Under Water
The New York Times Magazine

What happens when rising seas turn risk into certainty?

Unclaimed
The California Sunday Magazine (cover story)
Two countries, thousands of families, and a sixteen-year quest to identify a silent man in a bed.
(Winner, 2017 Livingston Award for National Reporting).

The Johns Experiment
GQ
A group of johns takes an intensive class about patriarchy.

When I Die
Harper's Magazine
How a medical oncologist who helped dozens of his patients end their lives faced his own terminal diagnosis.
(Honorable mention, AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism from the American Association for Cancer Research).

Homeward
The California Sunday Magazine 
To escape oil and colonization, a rainforest people tried fleeing deeper into the jungle. When the outside world followed, they sent a 10-year-old boy to learn its ways.
(Finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award in Journalism and the Livingston Award in International Reporting)

The Deepest Dig
The California Sunday Magazine
The bottom of the ocean is the most remote, least understood place on Earth. But that isn't stopping us from mining it.
(Anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2015. Annotation for the Nieman Foundation here).

Collapse
Seattle Met Magazine
It was Saturday. It was 10:37 in the morning. And then the world collapsed. Survival and sacrifice after Washington's deadliest landslide.
(1st place in general magazine reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, Northwest Chapter; Nominated for the National City and Regional Magazine Award in Feature writing.)

The Messengers
Pacific Standard (cover story)
On dying albatross and an artist's quest to face the grief of environmental collapse.
(Included in The Sunday Long Read's Best of 2015; Honorable Mention for Outstanding Feature Story from the Society of Environmental Journalists)

When We Are Called to Part
Published by The Atavist
A year in a Hawaiian leprosarium: "The absorbing, affecting, and often funny story of life in a the last years of a rapidly vanishing community."
Kindle version here, Audiobook here, print version here
(Anthologized in Love And Ruin, Norton 2016)

17 Shots in Pasco
Seattle Met Magazine
The police shooting of a Mexican field worker prompted a reckoning in a Washington farming town.
(1st place in general magazine reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, Northwest Chapter)

The Sinking World
MATTER
A sea of bones and a moment's decision to leave home forever — A dispatch from disappearing islands in Papua New Guinea.
(Chosen as a best science story of 2014 by Amy Harmon for Longreads.com and by Ed Yong on National Geographic.com)

The Mending
bioGraphic
Argentina’s vast Iberá wetlands lost many of their largest species decades ago. Can an audacious rewilding plan rebuild a bygone world?

Other recent stories

A Shot in the Dark
The California Sunday Magazine
In hopes of saving one owl species, scientists are shooting another.

Reflections in Steel
The California Sunday Magazine
Fifteen years and thousands of miles away from the the fall of the World Trade Center, a small town wonders how to remember it.

Listening for Gunshots
The California Sunday Magazine
A portrait of America in loud noises.

Saving the Kiwikiu in the Extinction Capital of the World
Audubon Magazine
Moving mountains for a little round bird.

The Sisters Who Treat the Untreatable
The New York Times Magazine
Gillian Laub's photo series on death and comfort.