Elizabeth Grossman


I’m a journalist and writer specializing in environmental and science issues. I’m the author of Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry, High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health, Watershed: The Undamming of America, Adventuring Along the Lewis & Clark Trail, and co-editor of Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion.

My work has appeared in a variety of publications including Scientific American, National Geographic News, Yale e360,  Environmental Health Perspectives, Environmental Health News, The Intercept, Ensia, Civil Eats, The Guardian, In These Times, TheAtlantic.com, Al Jazeera America, Chemical Watch, The Washington Post, Salon, Mother Jones, The Nation, The Pump Handle, Earth Island Journal, InsideClimate News, Yes! Magazine, The Huffington Post and Grist.

I’ve been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a science journalism fellow at the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. I’ve also received fellowships from the Leonard C. Goodman Investigative Reporting Project, Fund for Environmental Journalism, the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, Global Investigative Journalism Network, COMPASS, Fund for Investigative Journalism and Society for Conservation Biology.

Chasing Molecules was a 2009 Booklist “Top 10 Science & Technology” book and received a Gold Nautilus Award for Investigative Reporting. My coverage of the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster was recognized by the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health as among the best 2010 workplace health and safety writing, my Yes! magazine story on water right received an award sponsored by the Media Freedom Foundation, and my Earth Island Journal story “Trading Places,” about wildlife and climate change was noted in the 2011 Best American Science & Nature Writing. High Tech Trash was one of Booklist's "best" books of 2006.

My work focuses on environmental health and related science and policy issues – health of the environment, public, and occupational health. I have a B.A. cum laude in Literature from Yale University. A native of New York City, I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon since 1996.

When not at my desk writing, I’m out hiking, biking, exploring wild and unfamiliar places, sketching, watching birds, or cooking and tending to my woodland backyard.

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