Elizabeth is a born and raised Texan currently covering health and the environment from Costa Rica. Her work has appeared in New Scientist, Atlas Obscura, MedPage Today, and other outlets.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
After living in New York City for three years, I joined a conservation corps program, through which I spent several months working to restore U.S. National Parks. Sleeping outside, digging in the dirt, and working with nature so intimately with my bare hands fundamentally changed how I approach my work as a journalist. It’s my responsibility but also my honor to write about the ebbs and flows of the natural world and how human beings can best protect it.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
To be living in harmony with all of the other living things around me. To act openly, respectfully, and conscientiously. Most importantly, to recognize the shared nature of being in all life forms.