About Me

I grew up in a family of Russian scientists listening to bedtime stories about black holes, volcanoes and intrepid explorers. Since then I survived a winter in Siberia, a summer in Madagascar and a year at Columbia J-School. I edited features at the ASME award-winning Nautilus magazine, won four awards for stories about poo, and have written dozens of features for major publications in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including Newsweek, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest, The Boston Globe, Audubon Magazine, Sierra Club, Hakai Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Mosaic Science, Nature, Scientific American, Atlas Obscura, BBC and Psychology Today. I specialize in features, long-form and complex topics that reveal the intricate relationship between humans and their environment. I’m also working on a book titled “The Other Dark Matter: The Science and Business of Turning Waste into Wealth” to be published by Chicago University Press. Look for it sometime in 2020!