|Born||1961 (age 54–55)
The Bronx, New York
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Occupation||Journalist and author|
|Awards||Heinz Award 2010
Pulitzer Prize (2015)
Elizabeth Kolbert (born 1961) is an American journalist and author and professor at Williams College. She is best known for her 2006 book Field Notes from a Catastrophe, and as an observer and commentator on environmentalism for The New Yorker magazine. She received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.
Youth and education
After graduating from Mamaroneck High School, Kolbert spent four years studying literature at Yale University. In 1983, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Universität Hamburg, in Germany.
Elizabeth Kolbert started working for The New York Times as a stringer in Germany in 1983. In 1985, she went to work for the Metro desk. Kolbert served as the Times' Albany bureau chief from 1988 to 1991, and wrote the Metro Matters column from 1997 to 1998.
She received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2006. She served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012. She received the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism at Dickinson College in 2016.
Kolbert resides in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband, John Kleiner, and three sons. She appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on February 11, 2014, to discuss her book The Sixth Extinction.
- Kolbert, Elizabeth (2004). The prophet of love : and other tales of power and deceit. New York: Bloomsbury.
- Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (Bloomsbury, 2006). ISBN 978-1-59691-125-3.
- The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic, editor (with Francis Spufford) (Bloomsbury, 2007). ISBN 978-1-59691-443-8.
- Editor, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 ISBN 978-0-54700-259-0.
- Preface to anthology Welcome to the Greenhouse: Science Fiction on Climate Change (OR Books, 2011).
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, ISBN 978-0-8050-9299-8. (February 11, 2014) 
Essays and reporting
- Kolbert, Elizabeth (March 29, 2010). "Batless". Postcard from Vermont. The New Yorker. 86 (6): 42–43. Retrieved September 30, 2014. On White nose syndrome.
- — (December 23–30, 2013). "The Lost World". Annals of Extinction Part Two. The New Yorker. 89 (42): 48–56. Retrieved October 14, 2014. Geology.
- — (July 28, 2014). "Stone soup". Annals of Alimentation. The New Yorker. 90 (21): 26–29. Retrieved September 30, 2014. The Paleolithic Diet.
- — (December 22–29, 2014). "The big kill : New Zealand's crusade to rid itself of mammals". Annals of Extermination. The New Yorker. 90 (41): 120–126, 128–129. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- — (February 16, 2015). "The last trial : a great-grandmother, Auschwitz, and the arc of justice". Letter from Berlin. The New Yorker. 91 (1): 24–30. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
- — (October 24, 2016). "Greenland Is Melting". Letter from Greenland. The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award
- 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest
- 2006 Lannan Literary Fellowship
- 2006 National Academies Communication Award
- 16th Annual Heinz Award (with special focus on global change), 2010
- 2010 National Magazine Award for Commentary
- 2010 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Science Writing 
- 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction 
- 2016 Sam Rose '58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Environmental Activism 
- "Contributors: Elizabeth Kolbert". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
- http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2015-General-Nonfiction Pulitzer citation
- "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- "Author Profile: Elizabeth Kolbert", Simon & Schuster
- Marina, Gosnell (March 16, 2006). "In Epoch of Man, Earth Takes a Beating". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
In a final chapter on the "Anthropocene," a newly minted term meaning the geological epoch defined by man, Ms. Kolbert turns from her mostly unbiased field reporting to give her own opinion. She is not optimistic, in large part because it appears that Anthropocene man can't be counted on to do the right thing. "It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself," she writes, "but that is what we are now in the process of doing."
- "The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- World Archipelago. "Macmillan". macmillan.com.
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- "The Heinz Awards: Elizabeth Kolbert". The Heinz Awards. The Heinz Awards. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
- "ASME Announces the Winners of the 2010 National Magazine Awards". magazine.org.
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