• About Warren

    Warren Cornwall's work as an award-winning environmental, science and outdoor recreation journalist has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Science, Slate, The Boston Globe Magazine, Outside online, National Geographic News, and The Seattle Times. He is a contributing correspondent for the journal Science, where he has written about the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the quest for super-powered exoskeletons, geologists trying to see how high seas will rise in the future, and a rat-borne plague afflicting urban slums. Before embarking on a freelance career, he worked as an environmental and political reporter at numerous Northwest newspapers, most recently The Seattle Times. He has won awards for his environmental reporting, investigative work and feature writing. His story about scientists studying rats in a Brazilian slum received the 2016 Communications Award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. His story about triathlon deaths and cardiac testing was selected as the best triathlon story of 2013 by Triathlon Business International. He now lives in Bellingham, Washington, an ideal place to pursue his passions for outdoor sports, including cycling, skiing, rock climbing, fly fishing and backpacking. He is also the faculty advisor for Western Washington University's The Planet magazine, a student-run publication based at the Huxley College of the Environment.

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A Plague of Rats, Science, May 20, 2016                                                                            Scientists in Salvador, Brazil study how a lethal disease moves from rats to people living in a favela. They’re looking for clues to help combat leptospirosis, a bacterial illness that plagues the world’s growing urban slums.

Ghosts of Oceans Past, Science, Nov. 13, 2015
Ancient sea levels, uncovered by gritty field work and advanced computer models, give us a glimpse into a warmer future. The lesson: Much higher seas are coming.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Power Suit, Science, Oct. 15, 2015                                                     The military is spending millions to build robotic exoskeletons to super-charge soldiers. But top researchers warn some of the goals are more Hollywood fantasy than scientific reality.

Deep Sleep, Science, July 10, 2015                                                                                                   After decades spent struggling to find a way to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste, the federal government, at the urging of some scientists, are looking at a very simple solution: Put it in a very deep hole.

After the Oil, Science, April 3, 2015                                                                                                   Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, return to the hardest-hit bay in Louisiana for an in-depth look at how nature has fared.

This Tech Will Have You Hiking Like Your 18 Again, Outside Online, April 1, 2015       Scientists finally crack a century-old barrier: Creating an exoskeleton that actually boost walking efficiency. The breakthrough could herald a new era of machine-fueled human performance.

Have returning wolves really saved Yellowstone?, High Country News, Dec. 8, 2014       Despite popular perception that wolves have revived Yellowstone, some scientists are learning the myth doesn’t match the reality.

Should grizzlies be restored to the North Cascades?, National Geographic News, Nov. 30, 2014                                                                                                                                                      The federal government is considering returning this massive predator to Northwest forests.

There will be blood, Conservation magazine, Oct. 24, 2014                                                           As scientists blast barred owls to save Northern spotted owls, they are confronted with a vexing ethical question: When is it okay to shoot one species for the sake of another? Step into their boots and find out how they answer.

Inside the Mount Rainier Climbing Tragedy, National Geographic News, June 2-3, 2014 Coverage of an accident that claimed six climbers, including a detailed look at why this route is so deadly, and the first in-depth interview with the owner of the guiding company at the center of the deaths.

What triggered Washington’s deadly landslide?, National Geographic News, April 1, 2014 As people search for victims of a deadly landslide, scientists look for answers about what caused it.

The Secret to a Bulletproof Antidoping Test?, The New York Times Magazine, Mar. 2, 2014   Frustrated that athletes can evade current doping tests, scientists turn to cutting edge genetics to nab dopers.

The Missing Monarchs, Slate, Jan. 29, 2014                                                                           Monarch butterflies have reached the lowest numbers on record, and scientists say Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is a chief culprit.

Crossing Swords with CrossFit, Outside Online, Dec. 19, 2013                                               The wildly popular CrossFit workout program might not just get you in shape. It could get you hurt. Exercise scientists are warning the daily mixture of grueling intensity and strenuous movements means CrossFitters are playing with fire.

Sharks Inc., The Boston Globe Magazine, Aug. 18, 2013                                                           A Cape Cod town embraces the arrival of great white sharks, and tries to cash in on their sexy image as killers of the deep. Listen to Warren’s interview with Boston’s NPR station, WBUR, here.

Far From the Tree, Slate, May 15, 2013                                                                             Vermont wants to turn maple syrup into a gourmet delicacy linked to the terroir movement that has people paying top dollar for wines and coffee. I go on a maple-tasting adventure to see if maple syrup really can taste like mango.

What Lies Beneath, Triathlete magazine, April, 2013                                                     What’s killing triathletes, and can they do anything about it? My first-hand exploration of the world of cardiac testing and the science of sudden death in athletes. Voted “Best Triathlon Story of 2013” by Triathlon Business International.

Creating Winter for Cross-Country Skiing, The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2012                New England cross-country skiing centers are turning to snow-making to replace what nature, with a jolt of climate change, won’t provide.

Biking in Vermont, Body Armor Optional, The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2012                 My first taste of downhill mountain biking at northeast Vermont’s Kingdom Trails.

Natural Order, The Boston Globe Magazine, April 8, 2012                                                     How a tame moose and Facebook turned Vermont’s political establishment on its head and forced people to confront what “wild” really means.

Triple ThreatSeven Days, Aug. 17, 2011                                                                                 The arrival of triathlon’s national championships in Burlington, Vermont heralds the rise of this once-fringe sport.

Restoring Tarboo Creek, Pacific NW Magazine, The Seattle Times, Nov. 30, 2008           One man’s dream is reshaping an entire watershed, and showing what it can take to revive Puget Sound.

Failing Our Sound, Beaches suffer as walls go up, The Seattle Times, May 13, 2008           An investigation of how the armoring of Puget Sound beaches goes on with few limitations, despite the environmental toll.

Failing Our Sound, The painful cost of booming growth, The Seattle Times, May 11, 2008   An investigation of how development is gradually wrecking Puget Sound, and environmental laws are letting it happen.

Radioactive Remains: The forgotten story of the Northwest’s only uranium mines, Pacific NW Magazine, The Seattle Times, Feb. 24, 2008                                                                     How the legacy of uranium mining shapes the lives and thoughts of people on the remote Spokane Indian Reservation.

After the Deluge, Pacific NW Magazine, The Seattle Times, June 24, 2007                           The destruction wrought by a flood in Mt. Rainier National Park forces people to confront what a national park should be and whether to rebuild.