Journalism

Vanessa is a freelance science journalist and magazine writer. Her articles focus mainly on nature, the environment, agriculture and horticulture. Current interests include biodiversity, citizen science, and agroecology. Below are some of her recent articles.

Small Farm Canada Magazine: Small Farm Canada
Issue: Jan 2019
Type: Feature Article
Title: Many Eggs, Many Baskets: What is Being Learned from The Crop-Climate Project

"With widespread reports that climate change is influencing everything from bird migration routes to wildfire severity, it’s not surprising that Canadian researchers have started taking a hard look at how changing weather patterns will impact our ability to produce viable food crops."

Harrowsmith Magazine: Harrowsmith
Issue: Dec 2018
Type: Feature Article
Title: For Bird's Sake: The National Audubon Society's 2018-2019 Christmas Bird Count is North America's Longest Running Citizen Science Project

"Each year between December 14 and January 5, participants gather on a date determined by local organizers to count every bird they see and hear within their designated section of the 24-kilometre diametre circle earmarked for local birders to survey. "

Small Farm Canada Magazine: Small Farm Canada
Issue: Nov 2018
Type: Feature Article
Title: Their Operation Mushroomed! From Growing for Themselves This Couple Developed a Vigorous Home Business

"The key to success is that all of the components utilized in the early stages – from the petri dishes to the sawdust blocks to the mini-lab itself – must be completely sterile in order to avoid contamination, which could spell disaster."

BC Living Magazine: BC Living
Issue: July 16, 2018
Type: Short Article
Title: Peonies: A Perennial Favourite

"It says a lot that peonies continue to maintain their appeal across multiple generations in an age when gardening fads seem to come and go with the seasons."

Kootenay Living Magazine Magazine: Kootenay Living Magazine
Issue: June 2018
Type: Feature Article
Title: Tick Talk

"Sperling spends her days mapping out the various kinds of bacteria that live on and in ticks in the Kootenays and other regions in an effort to help doctors determine what diseases they should be looking out for if a patient falls ill after being bitten by a tick."

Kootenay Living Magazine Magazine: Kootenay Living Magazine
Issue: June 2018
Type: Feature Article
Title: The Upside of Wildfires

"We have a tendency to see forest fires in a negative light when they threaten our property or our safety but, from an ecological perspective, wildfires can be potent forces of renewal and regeneration."

Harrowsmith Magazine: Harrowsmith
Issue: June 2018
Type: Feature Article
Title: Wild About Bees

"When Canadians think of bees, it’s typically the much-loved honeybee that springs to mind. And while there’s no question that honeybees play an important role in our culture, they are just one of more than 800 species of bees found in this country, a figure that often takes people by surprise."

Small Farm Canada Magazine: Small Farm Canada
Issue: Jan 2018
Type: Feature Article
Title: Lyme Disease in Farm Animals

"We didn't used to have to worry about Lyme disease in Canada. Many of us would prefer not to think about it now, but as circumstances conspire to drive more and more infected ticks northward into this country every year, Lyme disease is rapidly becoming an illness that small farm operators no longer have the luxury of ignoring."

Kootenay Living Magazine Magazine: Kootenay Living Magazine
Issue: Dec 2017
Type: Feature Article
Title: Citizen Science

"Citizen science is taking the world by storm and the Kootenays are no exception."

Kootenay Living Magazine

Magazine: Kootenay Living Magazine
Issue: Oct 2017
Type: Feature Article
Title: Growing Native

"When using native plants in gardens, we use ecological principles, which is very different from how most people tend to garden."