Lisa Palmer is a freelance journalist and a fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, SESYNC, in Annapolis, Md. Her writing covers the environment, energy, food security, agriculture, science, and business sustainability. She contributed regularly to Yale Climate Connections from 2008 to 2017.
Her work has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, Slate Magazine, Nature Climate Change, Nature, Scientific American, Yale e360, FutureFood2050, and The New Security Beat.
Lisa is writing a book, Hot, Hungry Planet: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Gap, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. The book brings readers on a global journey that explores the human story behind the complex, hot-button issues of food security, energy security, social justice, and climate change. In June 2015 she begins a research fellowship at the National Science Foundation-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), where she will write about interdisciplinary science.
Palmer has received grants and fellowships for her work from institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson Center, SESYNC, Solutions Journalism Network, Vermont Law School, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, the University of Montana, and the Education Writers Association. She earned her B.S. degree from Boston University and her M.S. from Simmons College in Boston.
She lives in Maryland near the Severn River at the edge of a nature preserve.