Meet SEJ member Lela Nargi! Lela is a freelance journalist who writes about science, food systems, social justice and the places where these topics intersect for a wide variety of outlets, including Civil Eats, Ensia, The Guardian, Hakai, JSTOR Daily, Nautilus and The Counter. Formerly, Lela worked as an editor at Working Mother and UrbanFamily; as a journalism instructor at Kingsborough Community College; and as a reporter at large for national magazines like People, Life and Entertainment Weekly. She is also an author of science books for kids, on topics such as honeybees, space, volcanoes, dinosaurs and ecosystems. Lela is currently living in a leafy corner of Brooklyn, NY with a depressed rabbit and a lot of houseplants.
When asked if she recommends SEJ membership to her colleagues, Lela said, "Yes, anyone who covers any aspect of science would benefit from being connected." Join Lela at SEJ today!
See some of Lela's work:
- "Rethinking Coastal Restoration," City Monitor, September 30, 2020 (updated July 29, 2021).
- "Data Crunchers to the Rescue," Nautilus, June 9, 2021.
- "What Are Fungi, and What Do They Have to Do with...Everything?" FoodPrint, April 19, 2021.
- "Climate Change Has Direct Negative Impacts on Farmworker Health," The Counter, March 30, 2021.
- "Could Astronauts Grow Plants In Soil? Scientists Hope ISS Will Help Them Get The Dirt." The Washington Post, November 8, 2020.
- "How a South Carolina Farmer Is Adapting an Heirloom Rice to Withstand Climate Change," Civil Eats, September 16, 2020.
- "U.S. Agriculture Employs Nearly 3 Million Honeybee Colonies Every Year. What Do Those Pollinators Cost Our Ecosystems?" The Counter, January 16, 2020.
- "Can Crops' Wild Relatives Save Troubled Agriculture?," JSTOR Daily, December 10, 2019.
- "As Israel's Desert Truffles Become Scarce, a Researcher Works to Grow Them as Crops," Atlas Obscura, July 1, 2019.
- "Common Murres' Incredible, Colorful Eggs," Hakai Magazine, April 17, 2019.
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