UPDATE: As of July 5, 2011, this blog moved to Scientific American. Find it now here. The portfolio will continue to be updated.

On this page you will find links to a few of my lectures, interviews, freelance writing, and articles from my newspaper days, as well as my resume (all the way at the bottom). “The Artful Amoeba”, my blog, has moved to Scientific American.

Hire Me

I speak, write, and blog on natural history and the diversity of life. I also write on biology, earth and atmospheric science, and the environment. If you’re interested in hiring me as a speaker, freelancer, or guest blogger, write me at frazer at nasw dot org.


  • American Meteorological Society Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric or Related Sciences, 2013
  • AAAS Science Journalism Award, Small Newspaper Category, 2007
  • National Newspaper Assocation — First Place, Best Environmental Story — Daily Division 2006

Freelance Writing


Work from my time as health and environment reporter at the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne (in reverse chronological order):

  • My AAAS-award winning story on mysterious mass elk deaths in Wyoming, November 26 and December 3, 2006: Part One Part Two There was a sidebar on the science of the guilty party, but it was never posted online.
  • More red than green, September 9, 2007.  The Mountain Pine Beetle’s Excellent Adventure.
  • Rocket Test, June 28, 2007.  Who knew Wyoming had an aerospace industry? In an abandoned missile silo. Really!
  • Wyoming gets its state grass, April 1, 2007. Not an April Fool’s story, but I did write this one with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
  • A step closer to ancient England, March 27, 2007. In this story, I talked to an émigré from England who decided to build a medieval mead hall in the middle of the prairie. By himself. Irony: The zoning laws in England would have prevented him from doing the same thing there.
  • Fawns emigrate south, June 15, 2006.  I found myself running full tilt across the prairie in business casual next to a guy with a giant-butterfly net attempting to capture pronghorn fawns for this story. A personal favorite.
  • Medicine Bow clear cutting debated, May 1, 2006.  I climbed into a single-engine aircraft and flew over the Medicine Bow National Forest to report this story.
  • 8,900 pounds of elk — free and Lines greet free meat, April 13, 2006. The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish decided to give away 33 35-50 pound boxes of culled elk meat to the first 33 people to show up on a certain day. Some stories write themselves.
  • Stormy program begins in Wyoming, August 22, 2005. All about the science of cloud seeding. Wyoming is perhaps the first entity on Earth to have both the need and means to conduct the first scientifically valid test of cloud seeding, which has never been scientifically proven to work, according to a National Academy report that came out just a few years ago.
  • Great divide, April 10, 2005.  Won 1st place for Environmental Story in the National Newspaper Association 2006 Better Newspaper Contest, Daily Division. A story about the conflict over oil and gas drilling in the Red Desert. I got to go on a tour of this extremely remote but gorgeous desert for the story — and it stands out in my mind as having the most startling explosion of lichen diversity I’ve ever seen. Plus we passed a sheepherder’s wagon complete with Belgian draft horses, anthills that reached to my knees, and herds of wild horses. Let no one tell you being a reporter in the west doesn’t have its perks.
  • What’s next for the sage grouse? May 15, 2005. The plight of the sage grouse in oil and gas country. Complete with exciting sage grouse lekking action.
  • Girls’ guide to the galaxy, May 11, 2005. A conference designed to spark girls’ interest in science.
  • Meet the Unmakers, January 24, 2005.  A look at e-cycling in Cheyenne at a place called . . . wait for it . . . Tatooine Electronic Systems.

And finally, my very first story ever —


  • You can see my first public lecture (2009), “Life on Earth: The Short, Short Version”, here.
  • I gave a lecture on Colorado biodiversity  in “Wild, Weird Colorado: Creatures that may Surprise You from Forest, Field, and Bloodstream” at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum (September 2010) and the Longmont Public Library (November 2010).
  • In March 2011 and May 2011, I spoke at the Colorado Mycological Society and Pikes Peak Mycological Society on “The Many Ways to Be a Fungus (in Colorado).”(recording here)
  • Please contact me if you are interested in me speaking on these topics or any other biodiversity or natural history topic.


I teach the Wild Mushrooms class for the Boulder County Nature Association in August each year. Learn more here.


I gave an interview to the Reef Tank in January 2010 on the peculiarities of aquatic plants and algae, what some of my formative aquatic experiences were, why I started this blog, and how an aquarium is like a hot tub. Read it here.

Resume in Brief

My LinkedIn profile can be found here.


A.B. with Distinction in All Subjects, Cornell University 2000. Major: Biology, with a concentration in Systematics and Biotic Diversity. Phi Beta Kappa.

M.S. Plant Pathology, Cornell University 2002. Concentration in Mycology.

M.S. Science Writing, M.I.T., 2004.

Work Experience

Blogger, Scientific American Blog Network. 2011-present.

Science Writer, The National Center for Atmospheric Research. 2007-2011

Health and Environment Reporter, The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. 2004-2007

Reporter Intern, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky. Summer 2004

Intern, Focus, Harvard Medical School. Spring 2003

Staff Writer, The Cornell Daily Sun. 2001-2002

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Seeking Science Writing Gigs
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Mary Golden January 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Jennifer, my computer was running slowly so I cleared my cache and cookies and lost the feeds to your blogs. I found this one again, but not the cooking blog. Would you please send it to me?

Congratulations on continuing such a fascinating blog as this!


Lynne Schwabe September 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Dear Jennifer:

Dr. Peter Ruprecht, who is a physicist at the University of Colorado, =
gave me your name. The National Youth Science Foundation is sponsoring a =
regional symposium in Boulder on Nov. 6, 2010 for alumni of the National =
Youth Science Camp, area high school and junior high school science =
teachers and students and for UC students. Peter said you have a talk =
called, ” Weird, Wild Colorado Life Forms That May Surprise You from =
Forest, Field, Tundra and Bloodstream,” that is terrific.=20

I am wondering if you might like to be one of our speakers, either for a =
45-minute time slot the afternoon of Nov. 6 or for about the same length =
talk that evening at a dinner for all participants. If you are =
available, I’d love to talk to you (you can call me at the number below, =
or just tell me when a good time to call you is) to fill you in on the =
details of the event, other speakers and to discuss your fee.

I am attaching two pdfs which describe what the National Youth Science =
Foundation does and what the National Youth Science Camp is, FYI.

I look forward to talking to you!

Lynne Schwabe
Director of Development
National Youth Science Foundation

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