About Carla

Version 2I am an environmental writer, climate solutions advocate, and mother.  I enjoy writing about scientifically complex ideas in a compelling and accurate way. I’ve written about topics that include endocrine-disrupting chemicals, salvage logging, biomimicry, endangered species management, genetically modified organisms, and the environmental impacts of industrial agriculture. My essays, articles and interviews have appeared in publications including The OregonianHigh Country News, The Huffington Post, Green Options, and The Utne Reader. Currently, I am writing mostly about climate change.

Before becoming a writer, I worked in environmental education, organic farming, teaching, natural resource policy, environmental consulting and plant conservation research. I earned a master’s degree in environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry, and a Ph.D. in plant conservation biology from the University of Colorado, where I wrote my dissertation on rare plant genetics.  My education and work background have helped me develop the skills to translate science for non-scientists.

Over the past twelve years, I have become more and more absorbed with understanding everything I can about climate change. This led to the publication of my first, and perhaps my last book, Awake on Earth: Facing Climate Change with Sanity and Grace. I have also become a climate solutions advocate, giving lots of time to Citizens’ Climate Lobby and then founding Power Up for Climate Solutions.

In addition to writing and working to preserve a livable climate, I enjoy hiking, skiing, floating rivers, exploring wildlands, reading, gardening, and a really good cup of coffee. I also love to travel and spend time with my family. I live in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with my husband and our two dogs.