Stephen P. Nash, Journalist
Visiting Senior Research Scholar, Journalism Department, University of Richmond
Contact: virginiaclimatefever@gmail.com


Recent Articles

  • Can the Va. GOP rise to the challenge of climate change?” Washington Post, June 6, 2014″ Washington Post, June 6, 2014
  • What Dominica is: Beautiful, natural. What it’s not: Cluttered with resorts.” Washington Post, October 15, 2015
  • On the Portuguese island of Madeira, hiking paths and thrill rides,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, September 5, 2015
  • A triathlon for the indolent,” Boston Globe, September 13, 2014
  • “Twilight of the Glaciers,” The New York Times, Sunday, July 21, 2012, pages, E1, E6-7.
  • “Into an Ancient, Arid Land in Chile,” The New York Times, Sunday, October 16, 2012, page E4.
  • “Deal of the Centuries — Payoff in Just 500 Years!” Virginia Living,  February 2012, page 17.
  • “Oil and Water, Economics and Ecology in the Gulf of Mexico — Trying to reckon what we’ve destroyed.” BioScience, April, 2011.
  • “Waterworld.” The New Republic, September 24, 2010, p. 6.
  • “Ecosystem Resilience — Three decades out, the pulse of research quickens on the volcano that kicks butt.” BioScience, September 2010 , Vol. 60 No. 8, pp. 571-574.
  • “Ecotourism and Other Invasions: Darwin’s 200th birthday in a conflicted Galápagos.”  BioScience, February 2009, Vol. 59 No. 2, pp.  106-110.
  • “Double Vision — Climate Change Comes to the Mountains.” Blue Ridge Country magazine, November-December 2008, pp. 52-61.
  • “Wetlands, Icecaps, Unease: Sea-Level Rise and Mid-Atlantic Shorelines.” BioScience, November 2008 / Vol. 58 No. 10,  pp. 919-923.
  • “Decrypting biofuel scenarios: an energy-food-environment maelstrom, and a prairie plan.” BioScience, 57:6, June, 2007,  pp. 472-477.
  • “Battles over Battlefields: The fight to save Civil War sites from developers.” Archaeology, 57:5, September/October, 2004, pp. 24-29.
  • “A Man and His Tree.” The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, July 25, 2004. pp. 18-22, 27-30.
  • “Last Stand — Are Old Growth Forests Worth Saving?” The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, May 25, 2003, pp. 14-20.
  • “Desperately Seeking Charisma: Improving the Status of Invertebrates.” BioScience, 54:6, June, 2004, pp. 487-494.
  • “Assessing the Threat of Agroterror.” The Scientist, 18:9, May 10, 2004, pp. 50-51.
  • “Seeds of Time.” Archaeology, 57:1, January/February 2004, pp. 24-29.
  • “Gilgamesh Agonistes.” Prague Literary Review, 2:2, March-April, 2004. pp.  18-20.
  • “Babylonian Odyssey — Scholars and archaeologists work to retrieve the missing pieces of the epic tale Gilgamesh, a 4000-year-old story of lust, power and mortality.” St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, May 23, 2004, p. P4.
  • “Food Fight –Why Obama and Congress are not doing enough to keep our food safe.”  The New Republic — A Journal of Politics and the Arts, online edition, at   http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=8b65fa0d-e4f8-406d-af11-ceee7157252e    post date: March 16, 2009.
  • “The American Food System Is Enough to Make You Sick,” Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch, April 26, 2009, p. 23. http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/opinion/commentary/article/NASH426_20090424-200107/263669/
  • “Invasion of the Buggy Snackers (and Other Horrors). The Washington Post. Sunday, April 11, 2004, Page B2.
  • with:  “Asian Silver Carp to Zebra Mussels: A Quiz.” Washington Post. Sunday, April 11, 2004, Page B2.


  • Winner, American Institute of Physics 2015 Science Writing Award for Books, for Virginia Climate Fever — How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines and Forests
  • Award of Merit, The International Regional Magazine Association, for “Double Vision – Climate Change Comes to the Mountains,” in Blue Ridge Country magazine,
  • Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville: Philip D. Reed Award for outstanding journalism about southern environmental issues, for Blue Ridge 2020.
  • Distinguished Educator award, University of Richmond
  • John M. Collier Award of the Forest History Society, Duke University

Kudos for Virginia Climate Fever

  • “… in its own wonderful way, uncovers a wildly complex subject and lays it bare for all to see…terrific example of science writing…”
    -Catherine O’Riordan, Chief Operating Officer, American Institute of Physics
  • “Written by an environmental journalist, this engaging work examines the subtle effects of climate change on Virginia’s diverse environs today. It also explores how the intensification of global warming will transform the state’s coasts and forests and negatively impact the quality of life in urban and rural areas.”
    — Library Journal
  • “A surprising treatise, written in an engaging, storytelling–as opposed to pedagogic–manner, this is an easy read that raises and discusses issues that face everyone, not only Virginians, in terms of climate change… the tone is not preachy; the text feels more like a conversation with a thoughtful friend or friends that leaves the reader open to thinking more about the reasons why most citizens (and elected leaders) do nothing, although we hear and see the grim prognostication of what the future climate will wreak. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
    — CHOICE
  • “…the most important book about the Commonwealth’s environment since Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia.”
    – Bill Kovarik, Radford University
  • “…employs a winning mix of insight, humor, and engaging prose to explore the adverse impacts human-caused climate change is now having on Virginia, and to warn us of the grave threat…”
    – Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
  • “Written with clarity, scientific objectivity, and a passionate concern for the future of Virginia…a wake-up call…”
    – Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Climate Dynamics Program Director

Kudos for Blue Ridge 2020

  • “…a fascinating account of the economic and ecological forces shaping the Blue Ridge…Highly recommended…”  Library Journal
  • “….takes a hard look at what may happen in the coming decades to the natural systems of the Blue Ridge mountains…”  Publisher’s Weekly
  • “…a patient, painstaking and even-handed look…”  Charlotte Observer
  • “…a really scary book…a must-read… ”  Knoxville News-Sentinel
  • “…Nash’s treatment is thoughtful, compelling…”  William Reilly, Environmental Protection Agency chief, George Bush, Sr. administration