Like Rachel Carson, I seek
to seduce my readers
through some pretty tough
science by finding a language
beautiful and compelling
enough to honor the loveliness of the biological
systems I write about.
interview with Terrain.org
a selection of published papers, essays, and other short works
On April 5, 2010, I began writing weekly essays for Huffington Post on the theme, “the environment is within us.” These will appear, after a 24 hour exclusive period, on the livingdownstream.com website. A year-long project, these serialized essays will be copyrighted but will be available for distribution with attribution, and we hope they will be reprinted and reposted far and wide.
Sandra will be contributing to the supplementary resources that are being created to accompany the DVDs of the film Living Downstream.
Sandra regularly publishes articles and essays in Orion Magazine. You can read these articles by clicking here.
To Despair or Not to Despair, That Is the Question
What do you think? Is confronting climate change the moral issue of our time?Or should we make like a polar bear and adapt? After all, the planet may warm and seas may rise and crops may fail, but surely some humans--at least the fittest (and richest)--will survive.
Or is such grim optimism too complacent--and complicit?
Growing Old Has Been My Life's Work
The CMAJ (The Canadian Medical Association Journal) Salon published Steingraber's article about the experience of living with cancer for thirty years. View the PDF here.
Guidelines for Writing Scientific Papers
"Write with precision, clarity and economy. Every sentence should convey the exact truth as simply as possible."
The Organic Manifesto of a Biologist Mother
Ecological Inheritance: If Darwin didn't rock your world, this should
FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS in the early 1990s, I taught a seminar on Charles Darwin to nonscience majors at an urban community college. We read Darwin’s writings closely—often out loud to each other—along with commentary by scholars. We looked at the evidence that Darwin amassed for his theory of natural selection, and we looked at the evidence amassed in subsequent years...
3 Bets—On Ecology, Economy, and Human Health
A successful environmental human rights movement is worth everything you can possibly wager. The speech that inspired this essay is featured in the film, Living Downstream.
You can also listen to an interview with Sandra talking about this essay by clicking on the link below.
The Ecology of Pizza (Or Why Organic Food is a Bargain)
Pizza is a food I associate with happiness. It fueled all my childhood birthday parties and sleepovers. It was notably present the first time a boy put his arm around me, an event I regarded as miraculous.
The Health Effects of Endocrine Disruptors on the Growth and Development of Children
A paper presented by Dr. Steingraber at The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and published in the conference proceedings, Translating Science to Policy: Protecting Children’s Environmental Health.
What We Know About Pesticides and Breast Cancer
Dr. Steingraber submitted testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel 2008–2009 Meeting Series, Indianapolis, Indiana. Published in Reviews on Environmental Health 24 (2009): 345-55.
Identifying Gaps in Breast Cancer Research: Addressing Disparities and the Roles of the Physical and Social Environment
CBCRP's Special Research Initiatives team developed this review of the existing research in the environmental causes of breast cancer and the unequal burden of the disease to ensure that we do not duplicate previous studies and to identify the most promising areas for research.