Stephen Paul Nash

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Grand Canyon for Sale — Public Lands vs. Private Interests in the Era of Climate Change, University of California Press, 2017

Virginia Climate Fever – How Global Warming Will Transform our Cities, Shorelines and Forests, University of Virginia Press, 2014                 

(Winner, American Institute of Physics 2015 Science Writing Award for Books)  

Millipedes and Moon Tigers: Science and Policy in an Age of Extinction, University of Virginia Press, 2007

Blue Ridge 2020: An Owner’s Manual. University of North Carolina Press, 1999      

(Winner, Philip D. Reed Award for “outstanding journalism about southern environmental issues” for Blue Ridge 2020. Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta/Charlottesville)

 Selected Articles

“Red Alert: A wolf recovery program’s failure shows how the Fish and Wildlife Service has lost its way.”

The Progressive, December 15, 2020

“Bring the red wolves back to Virginia,” The Washington Post, November 20, 2020

“Vietnam’s Empty Forests,”   The New York Times   April 7, 2019

“As Grand Canyon National Park celebrates centennial, climate change is putting its wildlife at risk,” Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2019

“A patient, the coronavirus, our shared aftermath,” Roanoke Times, April 3, 2020.

“Gov. Northam’s first chance to do something about money in politics,” The Washington Post, January 12, 2018

“The populist ethical issue hurting Virginia Democrats,” The Washington Post, May 26, 2017*

“Bad Diagnosis: FDA Backs Down from Plan to Regulate Tests,” The Progressive, February 22, 2017

“After the deal goes down: crooked alpacas replace Virginia democracy,” (with Mary Peyton Baskin) Richmond Times-Dispatch, Aug 12, 2017*

“Nash: Make ’em take the pledge: no more snuff boxes!” Roanoke Times,May 8, 2017 

“Something rotten in Richmond,” Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, July 10, 2016*

“Trump’s climate change policies are threatening wildlife in U.S. national parks — fragmented land must be reconnected to save it,” Newsweek, January 16, 2019

“To preserve US national parks in a warming world, reconnect fragmented public lands,” Associated Press, March 22, 2019

“Landscapes of hope and dread: it’s time to think bigger,” Arizona Daily Star, January 8, 2020

“Virginia’s last wild areas must be protected and connected,” The Washington Post, February 7, 2020

“Climate change is the next world war. Give it the coverage it deserves,” The Washington Post, August 23, 2019

“Given Trump, we need big measures,” Albuquerque Journal, January 8, 2020

“Federal legislation designed to protect public lands doesn’t do nearly enough: The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act is a positive first step, but we need much stronger federal legislation to truly protect threatened land and animals,” The Arizona Republic, January 12, 2020

“Frontline Lessons from Vietnam’s Battle to Save Biodiversity,” BioScience, June 2019

“Virginia’s endangered species need the strongest protection possible.” The Washington Post, August 10, 2018. (variations in nine other Virginia newspapers)

“Arizonans should demand responsible mining,” (with Melanie Lippert), Arizona Daily Star, July 17, 2018, with variations in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix, and ten other Arizona newspapers

* Localized variations of these articles on gerrymandering, campaign finance corruption, and Virginia climate change have been published in the newspapers of Washington, D.C., Roanoke, Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville, Bristol, Danville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Strasburg, Petersburg, Pulaski, Staunton, Suffolk, and some 28 other weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in Virginia. Some were also republished in other states, including Tennesseee and Ohio.

** Variations on these travel articles were also published in Boston, Minneapolis, Philadephia, San Jose, Tampa, Denver, and a long list of other U.S. cities, as well as Canada, Borneo, and New Zealand.

“At Bears Ears in Utah, Heated Politics and Precious Ruins — The new national monument, with remarkable archaeological sites, is under review by the Trump administration, which could reduce its size,” The New York Times, July 25, 2017

“At Three National Monuments, Quiet Trails and Questions About the Future,” The New York Times,  December 6, 2017

Review: “As seas rise, world awaits “the plan.”  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, pp. 160-161, 30 Apr 2018

Review: “Converging Ills in America’s Ecosystems.” BioScience, May 2018.

“The beauty of Bears Ears and of protecting it,” The Boston Globe, November 17, 2017

“Drilling Near Dinosaur National Monument Draws Criticism,” The New York Times, October 18, 2017

“Here’s What Former Public Lands Officials Have to Say About the Trump Team’s Agenda,” The Progressive, November 15, 2017

 “A guaranteed income might be just what Americans need now,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 11, 2017

A triathlon for the indolent,” Boston Globe, September 13, 2014

“Virginia’s leaders have a serious case of the slows on climate change,” The Washington Post, September 22, 2017

“Can the Virginia GOP rise to the challenge of climate change?” Washington Post, June 6, 2014

“Vivid corals and other creatures are found deep off the Mid-Atlantic coast,” The Washington Post, June 10, 2013

“Supercomputer will help researchers map climate change down to the local level,” The Washington Post, May 28, 2012.

“While cruising, learn more by tapping the power of plugged-in local guides,” The Washington Post, October 13, 2017**

“A tourist’s take on the greening of Vienna — the Austrian capital is cosmopolitan, modern and whimsical, just like its evolving green scene,” The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, October 21, 2016

“The rain forest destination Americans are missing out on,”  The Washington Post, February 4, 2016

“What Dominica is: Beautiful, natural. What it’s not: Cluttered with resorts.” Washington Post, October 15, 2015

“Twilight of the Glaciers,” The New York Times, Sunday, July 21, 2012, pages, E1, E6-7

“Travellers must sort through lots of green claims to find truly eco-friendly hotels,” Tampa Bay Times, April 21, 2012.**

“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.

Currently   Visiting Senior Research Scholar, adjunct faculty member, Journalism Department and Environmental Studies program, University of Richmond.
Previously   Tenured Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Richmond, 1980-2011.

Education   Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, San Francisco State University

Master of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley

American Institute of Physics 2015 Science Writing Award for Books, for Virginia Climate Fever

Distinguished Educator Award “for outstanding contributions to excellence in education,” University of Richmond

Philip D. Reed Award for “outstanding journalism about southern environmental issues” for Blue Ridge 2020. Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta/Charlottesville
Award of Merit, The International Regional Magazine Association, for “Double Vision –Climate Change Comes to the Mountains,” in Blue Ridge Country magazine
John M. Collier Award of the Forest History Society for “The Blighted Chestnut,”   National Parks magazine


Review of: Erik Truffaz, The Walk of the Giant Turtle (Blue Note), JAZZIZ, October, 2003, pp. 67-68.

Review of: Caribbean Jazz Project, Birds of a Feather (Concord), JAZZIZ, December, 2003, p. 72.

Review of: Henry Johnson with Nancy Wilson, Organic (A440 Music Group), JAZZIZ, January, 2004, p. 48.

Review of: Jon Weber, Simple Complex, (Second Century Jazz) JAZZIZ, March, 2004, p. 65.

Review of: The Moutin Reunion Quarter, Red Moon (Sunnyside), JAZZIZ, April, 2004, p. 53.

Internet publications


“Bethania, North Carolina: Residents try to recover their past before it’s lost for good.” August 9, 2004. Archaeology Online

Choi, Charles Q. and “GloFish draw suit — Watchdog groups want FDA to regulate first genetically modified pet in US,” January 7, 2004. The Scientist Online
Hegamyer, Kyle; Nash, Stephen P.; Smallwood, Peter D., editors. “The Early Detectives: How to Use Volunteers Against Invasive Species — Case Studies of Volunteer Early Detection Programs in the U.S.” Invasivespecies.gov — A gateway to federal and national invasive species programs and activities, U.S. National Invasive Species Council

More articles

* These articles also distributed nationally by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate

“Double Vision — Climate Change Comes to the Mountains.” Blue Ridge Country, 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.

“A Really Ancient Hero for Our Time.” Toronto Globe & Mail, December 4, 2004, p. D16.

“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.

“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.

“The Phantom Forest: Research on Gene-Altered Trees Leaps Ahead, into Regulatory Limbo.” BioScience, 53:5, May, 2003, pp. 462-467.

“New Tools, Moon Tigers, and the Extinction Crisis. Biotechnology, genetics, conservation biology are not always easy partners.” BioScience, September, 2001, pp. 703-707.

“Let’s Take a Virginia Budget Ax to Alien Critters, Invasions of Exotic Species.” Roanoke Times & World News, June 15, 2003, Sunday Metro Edition, p. 3.
substantially similar versions:

“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.

substantially similar versions:

“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.

“Free trade puts pests in position to destroy.” Eugene (Oregon) Register-Guard, April 18, 2004, p. ?

“Aliens Overrun Bugged-Out Ports in U.S.” The Landsculptor, May, 2004, pp. 47-48.

“New Pests Wreak Havoc on Environment” Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch. Sunday, June 20, 2004, p.     .

substantially similar versions: 

“Glofish Gives New Shine to GM Debate — Researchers surprised by lack of federal oversight in genetically modified pet fish.” The Scientist, 18:2, February 2, 2004, pp. 46-47.

“Swimming Under the Radar: Genetically Engineered Glofish Dodge Federal Safety Review.” Boston Globe, December 30, 2003, p. D2.

“For Whom the Fish Glow.” San Francisco Chronicle, January 11, 2004, p. D3.

“Gene-altered pet fish roiling waters: A genetically altered fish is lighting up more South Florida tanks. But some biologists say more research is needed to see how the Glofish could affect native fish populations.” Miami Herald, January 19, 2004, p. A5.

“Morning After in Rio,” E–the Environmental Magazine, October-November,

1992, p. 6.

Coverage of the U.N. Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro:

Indianapolis Star , Sunday, June 14, 1992

Hartford Courant, Tuesday, June 2, 1992

Oakland Tribune, Sunday ,May 31; Sunday, June 7, 1992

Santa Fe New Mexican, Sunday, May 31, 1992

Austin American-Statesman, Sunday, May 31; Sunday, June 14, 1992

“The Songbird Connection.” National Parks, November-December, 1990, pp. 22-27.*

“Birth of the Dinosaurs: At Petrified Forest, scientists probe the world’s richest vein of Triassic fossils.” National Parks, November-December, 1989, pp. 16-23 (cover story).

“The Plight of Systematists: Are They an Endangered Species?” The Scientist, October 16, 1989, p. 7.

“Congress Weighs Bill to Preserve Diversity of Species.” Christian Science Monitor, May 26, 1989, p. 8.

“Science Angles” (column) Journal of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Fall, 1990, to Spring, 1992.

“What price nature? Future ecological risk assessments may chart the values, and the odds.” BioScience (American Institute of Biological Sciences) November, 1991, pp. 677-680.

“Ghost Forests.” National Parks, with Michael Spear, March-April, 1991, pp. 18-23 (cover story).*

“Disease Threatening Dogwoods–Forest Trees Dying, but Urban Specimens Spared So Far,” and “Treatments Effective, Risky.” Washington Post, April 20, 1989, p. VA1.
“Congress Weighs Bill to Preserve Diversity of Species.” Christian Science Monitor, May 26, 1989, p. 8.

“Disease Threatening Dogwoods–Forest Trees Dying, but Urban Specimens Spared So Far,” and “Treatments Effective, Risky.” Washington Post, April 20, 1989, p. VA1.

“Birth of the Dinosaurs: At Petrified Forest, scientists probe the world’s richest vein of Triassic fossils.” National Parks, November-December, 1989, pp. 16-23 (cover story).

“Safety and the Passenger Train–In comparison with other first-world countries, North American passenger trains are more apt to derail, collide, or burn.” Passenger Train Journal, July, 1989,pp. 28-34.

“Safety and the Passenger Train–Part II.” Passenger Train Journal, August, 1989, pp. 25-29.

“Tracking a Train Museum–Rail Park Gathers Steam,” and “Steamtown’s Two Stories: Hardware and Humans.” Christian Science Monitor, April 17, 1989, p. 12.

“Rail safety proponents dismayed over new federal drug bill” and “Europe, Japan have safer rails.” Christian Science Monitor, October 25, 1988, pp. 3, 6.

“U.S. Bulldozers Crawl Back–Weak dollar, cost-conscious global strategies help heavy-equipment companies dig out.” Christian Science Monitor, January 27, 1989.

“Cracking the Chestnut Blight.” Washington Post, April 6, 1989, p. VA 1.

“The Wolves of Isle Royale.” National Parks, January/February, 1989. pp.21-26,42.

“Wilderness Areas: Studies in Solitude.” Washington Post,July 28,1988,p.VA 1.

“The Blighted Chestnut.” National Parks, July/August, 1988, p. 14.

“Virginia Program Stalks Rare Species.” Washington Post,
July 9, 1987, p. VA1.


“Pigs and Salmon, Tacos and Feds,” a 700-word opinion column about agricultural biotechnology and federal regulation, was syndicated by Blue Ridge Press and published in January in newspapers in Roanoke, Fredericksburg, Wytheville, Farmville, Danville, Virginia; Rome, Georgia; Buckhannon, West Virginia and other locales.

“Action to combat air pollution long overdue,” News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina, June 23, 1999, p. A15.

“N.C.’s air needs a healthy push,” Citizen-Times, Asheville, North Carolina, June 24,1999, p. 11

“Where’s the Blue Ridge Parkway Heading Now?” Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C., March 25, 1999, p. A7

“Exotics’ march on the mountains,” “Blue Ridge previews ‘biological pollution,'” (and a variety of other headlines for the same op-ed piece, all 1999):

News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina, July 25, p. A25

Citizen-Times, Asheville, North Carolina, July 13, p. 8

Tribune-Times, Greenville, South Carolina, July 7, p. 6A

The Alleghany News, Sparta, North Carolina, July 22, p. 4

The Record, Erwin, Tennessee, June 30, p. 6

Patriot-Journal, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, June 25, p. B-2

Crossroads Chronicle, Cashiers, North Carolina, June 9, pp. 4-5

The Northeast Georgian, Cordelia, Georgia, 5A, May 28

Rockbridge Weekly, Lexington, Virginia, p. 7A, May 27

Southwest Virginia Enterprise, May 26, p. A4

Pickens County Progress, Jasper, Georgia, May 27, p. 2A

The Blowing Rocket, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, May 27, 2B

The Times, Chatsworth, Georgia,June 9, p. 5

Black Mountain News, Black Mountain, North Carolina, June 3, p. 5

The Highlander, Highlands, North Carolina, May 25, p. 4

The Post, West Jefferson, North Carolina, May 27, p. 4A

Mountain Times, Boone, North Carolina, May 27, pp. 8,10

Advocate Democrat, Monroe County, Tennessee May 30, p. 6A

The Tomahawk, Mountain City, Tennessee, June 2, p. 5

The News Messenger, Christiansburg, Virginia, June 9, p. 4

Valley Banner, Elkton, Virginia, June 10, p. 3

Warren Sentinel, Front Royal, Virginia May 27, p. A4

The Monitor, Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina, May 26, p. 6

News and Advocate, Lynchburg, Virginia, June 6, p. A4

News-Topic, Lenoir, North Carolina, June 1, p. 4

Times-Journal, Burnsville, North Carolina, June 2, p. 4

Times-News, Kingsport, Tennessee, June 20, p. ?

Blue Ridge Leader, Purcellville, Virginia, June 11, p.4

The Tribune,Elkin, North Carolina, June 16, p. A-10


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