y mother named me after her 1978 yellow Schwinn bicycle; she said she didn't want to waste a good name.
I'm Lois, an eighth generation Oregonian, currently a freelance journalist and photographer.
Previously, I worked as an editor in the feature well at Popular Science, and before that at The Atlantic and Foreign Policy.
I've reported from all seven continents. My work has been published, in print and online, at The New Yorker,
Harper's, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, National Geographic, Newsweek,
Outside, Wired, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Popular Science, HuffPost, Vice, and Pacific Standard, among others.
My work has won numerous awards, including the Mirror Award for Best Profile, the Bricker Award for Science
Writing and Medicine, and a finalist for the British Association of Science Writers.
I was a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan (2017-2018), the Arizona State University
Sustainable Journalism Fellow (2018), and the Snedden Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2019-2020.
I've received other fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the National Geographic Explorers Grant,
Investigative Reporters and Editors, the United Nations Foundation, the Institute for Journalism and Natural
Resources, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the World Federation of Science Journalists, and the
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics.
I'm interested in creative ways to use digital platforms, and in addition to writing and photography
have worked with audio, video, cartography, and page design. I'm available for freelance assignments.