Michelle Nijhuis

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Michelle Nijhuis[1] is an American science journalist who writes about conservation and climate change for many publications, including National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines.

Nijhuis has received several awards for her work, including the 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism Award in the magazine category,[2] for her piece titled Crisis in the Caves[3] on white-nose syndrome in bats.[4] The piece was published by Smithsonian and was also the recipient of the 2012 Award for Reporting on a Significant Topic, from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.[5]

In 2011 Nijhuis was a fellow of the Alicia Patterson Foundation.[6]

Nijhuis's essay “Taking Wilderness in Hand” appeared in the anthology Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009. Her writing also appeared in Best American Science Writing 2003.[7]

Nijhuis received the 2006 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union; a 2006 AAAS Science Journalism Award in the small newspaper category; the Media Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences; and three additional awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Nijhuis has been a finalist for the National Academies Communication Award.

Nijhuis began interning at High Country News, in Paonia, Colorado, in January 1998. Today Nijhuis is the magazine’s Contributing Editor.[8] She also holds the title of Contributing Writer for Smithsonian magazine.[9] She has also published in the New York Times,[10] Nature,[11] Scientific American,[12] National Geographic, Audubon, and Orion, among many other outlets. She gave the 2008 commencement address at her alma mater, Reed College.[13]

With journalist Thomas Hayden, Nijhuis is the co-editor of The Science Writers’ Handbook, released in spring 2013.[14]

Nijhuis blogs regularly at The Last Word on Nothing.[15]

Nijhuis was originally born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY.


  1. ^ Nijhuis, Michelle. "Michelle Nijhuis". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Lane, Earl (14 November 2012). "Winners Named in 2012 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award Competition". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Nijhuis, Michelle. "Crisis in the Caves". Smithsonian. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Carpenter, Siri (6 September 2011). "Michelle Nijhuis searches for hopeful signs amid a bat plague". The Open Notebook. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "American Society of Journalists and Authors". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alicia Patterson Foundation". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Kettman, Steve. "The Best and the Weirdest". Wired. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "High Country News". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Smithsonian". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "New York Times". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Nijhuis, Michelle. "Forest Fires Burn Out". Nature. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Scientific American". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "In Weirdness is the Preservation of the World". Reed College News Center. 14 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Nijhuis, Michelle. "The Science Writers' Handbook". Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Last Word on Nothing". The Last Word on Nothing. Retrieved 25 November 2012.