Science & Environment Writer, Editor
I am a freelance science writer and editor with more than 25 years of experience in the news business. I've written for national magazines and online for a variety of media outlets, including Air & Space magazine, Sky & Telescope, Scientific American, Nature, and Space.com. Since 2007, I've been a regular contributor at Yale Climate Connections, a website published by Yale University that generates original reporting, analysis, and commentary on climate change. I've also written over the years for The Kavli Foundation, which supports research in astrophysics, neuroscience, and nanotechnology around the world. I've also completed writing and editing assignments for UC San Diego and independent biomedical labs.
Since 2010, I've worked as a contract Editor for major government planning agencies in California, helping to lead updates to their Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). I've worked with the San Diego Association of Governments and the Southern California Association of Governments (the nation's largest Metropolitan Planning Organization). Their RTP/SCS reports outline how their regions can grow while providing adequate housing, building more efficient and accessible transportation networks, protecting natural lands, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In other work, I've ghost written white papers and e-books for a market research firm, and helped a scientist prepare a book proposal that led to a contract with a major publisher.
As a journalist, I've traveled around the world on assignment, including the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, Brazil, Hawaii, the mountains of Baja California, aboard research vessels in the Eastern Pacific, and atop Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada. I love to explore and write about the outdoors and the natural world. I live in Carlsbad, California near San Diego - two miles from the beach and a few hours away from the mountains by car.
Here is some recent journalism work:
NASA's spacecraft explorer Juno is now orbiting Jupiter in a punishing deep space environment that is cold, dim, and filled with the deadliest radiation in the solar system outside of the sun. How will Juno, dependent on solar panels for power and a titanium vault for radiation shielding, survive during its 16-month science mission? I offer some answers in my latest feature story in Air & Space magazine, published online in late September and in print in the magazine's November 2016 issue. I review the genesis of the mission, and the engineering feats that Juno's team achieved to get their spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter last July and arm it for "battle" in one of the most dangerous space environments in our solar system.
In July I covered the arrival of NASA's robotic spacecraft Juno at Jupiter, for Air & Space magazine. "Jupiter Orbit Insertion" was a complicated maneuver that brought the spacecraft within a few thousand miles of Jupiter's cloud tops - and into the giant planet's deadly radiation environment. Juno flew into orbit sucessfully and will officially begin its scientific exploration of the planet in October. My first story, "Juno's Do-or-Die Moment: What to Watch for on July 4," was published on June 30. The second story, a short feature on a Juno scientist entitled "Fran Bagenal's Excellent Year," was published on July 8.
On Jan. 15, 2016 I was a guest on Science Friday on public radio. I discussed an Air & Space article I wrote in September (below), on new ideas for space habitats.
Will future astronauts venturing to Mars, an asteroid, or back to the moon live in inflatable space habitats paired with propulsion systems for the long haul? In the Sept. 2015 issue of Air & Space magazine, I explore this exciting idea for future space travel, and the pioneering aerospace company partnering with NASA to develop this concept.
In the 2013 movie "Gravity," a swarm of orbiting debris destroys the space shuttle. In real life, how might the International Space Station survive a solitary impact from a piece of orbiting debris, or even a small meteor? In this article for the Januaury 2015 issue of Air & Space magazine, I report on current technologies, those under development, and blue sky ideas for confronting a constant and dangerous threat for astronauts on the ISS.
In late February 2014, physicists from around the world gathered at UCLA to brief one another on their latest progress in the quest to identify dark matter, the unknown stuff that makes up more than a quarter of the universe. I attended the meeting on assignment with The Kavli Foundation and spoke with three researchers in a roundtable interview. You can read my conversation at The Kavli Foundation website, or at Space.com, which re-posted my interview on April 11 on the "Expert Voices" page of its website.
Bruce is conscientious, great at meeting deadlines, knowledgeable, creative and committed. A true professional with an outstanding moral compass.
Bud Ward, Editor, Yale Climate Connections
Bruce served consecutively as the Editor for the San Diego region’s long-range, transportation planning document for both the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (adopted in 2011) and the most recent plan, San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan (adopted in 2015). As the Project Manager for this agency-wide effort, I worked directly with Bruce on San Diego Forward. During the contract period, Bruce helped to create a tone that could resonate with the public and could easily be understood by general audiences. In working with Bruce, he was always professional, creative in his approach, and timely with assignments. Working with Bruce was seamless—he understood our agency’s message and articulated it clearly. Bruce, having worked with other agencies throughout the state, also was knowledgeable of the latest planning trends and guidelines that were applicable to the Plan’s development. And lastly, he was flexible and open-minded when asked to incorporate new software (Microsoft SharePoint) into his editing process.
Phil Trom, Senior Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
Bruce was able to transform our scientific report into a concise, readable, well-polished document that maintained substance and accuracy yet was suitable for general audiences. He is a highly independent worker requiring little guidance but is always responsive to requests, suggestions and client goals. He is a pleasure to work with, and we would recommend him to any other scientist hoping to make their work clear and appreciated by policy makers or the public.
Alyson Fleming, Ph.D. Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego