Lisa Palmer is an award-winning author and science journalist who has covered a wide range of stories on the environment, synthetic biology, conservation, food security, and sustainability in the U.S. and around the world, including drought and climate change in India, civil conflict and science research in Colombia, and environmental degradation and conservation technology in Peru. For over 20 years, she has written and produced stories that engage and inform national and international audiences. Her book, HOT, HUNGRY PLANET: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change (St. Martin’s Press; 2017) chronicles her travels around the world and the urgent innovations needed to feed a growing population.
Palmer’s stories have been published by outlets like Nature, Yale E360, The Guardian, Nautilus, The New York Times, The New Republic, Ensia, Slate, and many others. Palmer participates actively in the national and international discourse on science and environmental issues through writing and publishing, speaking, developing and leading seminars, and offering analysis and science communications strategy to researchers. She was previously a senior fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research on global food security, resilience, and policies related to sustainable agriculture. In 2018, Palmer was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency on science for development. She is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the D.C. Science Writers Association. She is a graduate of Boston University and Simmons College in Boston.
Palmer is the National Geographic Professor of Science Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs. She leads the education program Planet Forward with the goal of improving scientific storytelling.