Erica Gies


San Francisco / Victoria, BC / Twitter:@egies



Erica Gies is an independent science and environment journalist who covers the core requirements of life: water and energy. She also writes about climate change, urban planning, oceans and ecosystems, waste of many kinds, critters, and more.



✪ Independent reporter
The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, The Economist, National Geographic, The Atlantic, the Guardian, bioGraphic, Yale Environment 360, Inside Climate News, Ensia, Forbes, New Scientist, Hakai magazine, The Narwhal, Take Part, Pacific Standard, Environmental Health News, the International Herald Tribune, Wired News, Climate Confidential, ReThink, KALW and KQED public radio, China Dialogue, Corporate Knights, World Watch, Science News for Kids, Grist, SFGate, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Public Press, the New Internationalist, Matter Network, Bay Citizen, Earth Island Journal, Digital Development Debates, Tea After Twelve,, Sustainable Industries, Blue Ridge Press, and other outlets.

✪ Co-founder
Climate Confidential documents the intersection of environment and technology, ideas and innovations that have a real shot at changing the world. This Week in Earth showcases the expertise of a wide range of professional journalists, who offer context and pithy analysis of the week’s scientific and environment news.

✪ Writer and researcher
World Resources Institute, The New York Academy of Sciences, the Trust for Public Land, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, The Osgood File radio program, Conservation Law Foundation, and books, including Champions for Change: Athletes Making a World of Difference and Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World.

✪ Editor
Climate Confidential, This Week in Earth, The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund legacy book, The Trust for Public Land, Zest Books, Geographic Expeditions, Academic Word, San Francisco magazine, CNET, Wired News, digitalFOTO, and PCWorld.

✪ Photographer
The New York Times, Scientific American, Yale Environment 360, bioGraphic, Take Part, ReThink, The Narwhal, E/The Environmental Magazine, Grist, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and others.

✪ Copy editor
Wired News, Verde Media, Computer Currents, Kent Messenger Group newspapers



M.A. in literature, focus in eco-criticism
San Francisco State University

B.A. in English, minor in journalism
Northern Arizona University



Society of Environmental Journalists, member

CUNY Resilience Journalism Fellowship

Article for Nature published in What Future: The year’s best ideas to reclaim, reanimate, and reinvent our future, a 2017 anthology

Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources Great Bear Institute Fellowship

National Audubon Society’s “Women Greening Journalism” Special Recognition

Elyssa Rosen Memorial Fund Fellowship

Vermont Law School Media Fellowship

Society of Environmental Journalists 20-20-20 Fellowship

Scripps-Howard Institute for the Environment Fellowship



Stanford University, University of Victoria, Camosun College, Wilson College

U.C. California Institute for Water Resources “Recipes for Success” meeting

Society of Environmental Journalists conferences

The Malahat Review WordsThaw Literary Symposium

Ceres conference

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference

Environmental Education Council of Marin



Refugee support: Contributing to the financial and practical support of two Syrian refugee families in Victoria, B.C.

Mentor: Society of Environmental Journalists, San Francisco State University, Science Interchange

Judge: contests for Society of Environmental Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, San Francisco Green Film Festival

Invasive plants removal and native plant restoration: San Francisco public parks

Elephant seal docent: Point Reyes National Seashore

Mexican wolf recovery project: Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

Island fox recovery project/l Channel Islands National Park