American science journalist and author. A graduate of Reed College with a degree in biology, Nijhuis (pronounced
NYE-house) now describes herself as a "lapsed biologist." She began her career in journalism as an intern at High Country News, where she is now a contributing editor. Her articles about conservation and climate change have appeared in many publications, including Audubon, Orion, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. Nijhuis has won awards for articles on white-nose syndrome in bats, the human-assisted migration of threatened species, and the "doubt industry's" attempts to thwart the work of legitimate scientists. Her work has appeared in Best American Science Writing (2003) and Best American Science and Nature Writing (2009 and 2013); she is also the co-editor, with journalist Thomas Hayden, of The Science Writers' Hand-book (2013). After living in rural Colorado for fifteen years, she and her family now live in White Salmon, Washington. See also michellenijhuis.com.