Katie L. Burke
With over a decade of experience in science communication and a strong foundation in environmental research, I am skilled at shaping compelling narratives from complex scientific concepts. I excel at guiding science storytelling from concept to publication and thrive in collaborative environments.
How Hummingbirds Budget Nighttime Energy
Putting Eggs in Many Baskets
Four things newsrooms can do right now to counter science polarization
We brought together an audience of journalists with four scholars studying this topic from various angles: researcher and reporter Jaime Longoria of the Equity First Vaccination Initiative and the Disinfo Defense League; psychologist Stephan L
Fixing Broken Biological Clocks
An Antidote to Climate Despair
All We Can Save is a collection of essays and poems that aims to serve as an antidote to climate despair while also fully conveying the gravity of the situation we confront. Its title is inspired by a line from Adrienne Rich’s poem “Natural Resources”: “My
An Ethics of Land Relations in Science
What Might Happen to COVID-19 Over Time?
To deal with the global pandemic of a novel coronavirus, people all over the world have scrambled to enact social distancing so as to reduce the speed with which the virus is spreading—key to reducing the strain on health care systems. But even as different countries have met that threat with varying degrees of success, they need to prepare for the afterma
On the Scent Trail of Parkinson's Disease
In 2009, chemist Perdita Barran of the University of Manchester received what turned out to be a momentous phone call from her collaborator, Tilo Kunath of the University of Edinburgh. A 68-year-old grandmother and nurse, Joy Milne, had stood up at a
The Giant Tadpole That Never Got Its Legs
An Honest Reflection
Water is both ordinary and anomalous. It is the only substance on our planet naturally found in all three states: solid, liquid, and gas. Its molecules stick together like minuscule magnets, pulling rainwater into round drops. Water is remarkable in its ability to absorb and hold heat, a property that influences nearly every aspect of Earth’s weather and climate. Liquid water is a “universal solvent” that can dissolve many other substances, including several discussed in this issue: salt, lead,
First Person: Mona Hanna-Attisha
Scientists in the Wake of the Hurricanes
Moving Forward After Flint
Flint Water Crisis Yields Hard Lessons in Science and Ethics
The History of Vaccine Uptake in Taiwan
A Landscape of Fear of Humans
A New System for Disaster Research
People converge after disaster, and researchers are no exception. Here, engineers fr
Putting Eggs in Many Baskets
A Delta in Peril
The Sun sets over rice paddies and the embankment that separates local farms from the Kapotaksma River in Ban
America's Cat Is on the Comeback
Dance: It's Only Human
Changing Policies on COVID-19
Fixing Broken Biological Clocks
Paradox, Sunrise, and a Thirsty Place
Elder creates projects that reveal humanity’s dependence on, and interruption of, the natural world. Often collaborating with scientists and larger research institutions, she explores geologic time, the Anthropocene, and deep futures. Her drawings, installations, and public works have been featured in Art in America, in VICE Magazine, and on PBS.
Read the essay in print here: https://www.americanscientist.org/article/paradox-sunrise-and-a-thirsty-place
Read the rest of the issue here: https://www.americanscientist.org/magazine/issues/2019/september-october
[0:06] water glass, Montello Foundation, Elko County, Nevada
[0:44] a sage-covered hillside, Ortiz Mountains, New Mexico
[1:12] sunset from Antelope Island in Great Salt Lake
[1:33] author’s hand at sunrise, Montello Foundation, Elko County, Nevada
[1:59] clouds, Elko County, Nevada
[2:33] sunrise, Tetzlaff Peak, Utah
[3:39] The coastline of Lost Lake, in Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska, shows the intricate curves and turns of a landscape formed by glaciers. Elder’s photography book Erratic (2018) collects her notes and letters, as well as her photos and drawings of glacial landscapes and erratics, rocks carried from one place to another by glaciers.
[4:19] Donahoe Lake, Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness, Alaska
[5:09] Fort McGilvray, an abandoned World War II fort near Seward, Alaska
[6:42] Icebergs float in Portage Lake on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, 2018.
[7:26] Skilak Lake, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
[8:12] The Sun rises over the Knik Arm on the summer solstice, Anchorage, Alaska, 2018.
[9:10] Glaciers have left their mark on the landscape near McCarthy, Alaska, 2017.
[10:00] Wind marks on the Twa Harpies Glacier, Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness, Alaska
[10:28] an erratic, Bomber Pass, Alaska
[10:58] Stairway Icefall, Root Glacier, Alaska
[11:33] rocks collected by Cynthia Hendel, held by the author, Wrangell–Saint Elias Wilderness, Alaska
[12:02] Elder’s project in progress, the Solastalgic Archive, holds materials that contextualize and give breadth to how we are living and making in this time of accelerated change. She asks people to contribute an object to the archive in response to the questions, “What helps you feel the present? What connects you with your ancestors? How are you creating the future? Where is your time? When are you?” Materials in the collection thus far include poems, photographs, zines, seeds, rocks, mixtapes, manifestoes, coffee cups, recipes, and diagrams.
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Graphene Takes Flight
The plane, named Prospero, has a wingspan of three meters and has shown promising durability and flight performance. While touring the National Graphene Institute in the United Kingdom