National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs
Lisa Palmer is the National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs. She is also an award-winning environmental and science journalist and a Senior Fellow for Socio-Environmental Understanding.
Palmer has written for a wide range of publications. Her book, HOT, HUNGRY PLANET: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change, chronicles her travels around the world and the urgent innovations needed to feed a growing population.
Lisa Palmer participates actively in the national and international discourse on socio-environmental issues through writing and publishing, speaking, developing and leading seminars, contributing to SESYNC’s digital presence, and offering analysis and science communications strategy to SESYNC synthesis teams, postdocs, and leadership. An award-winning journalist, she writes for publications such as the Nature family of journals, Yale E360, The Guardian, Nautilus, The New York Times, The New Republic, Ensia, Slate, and many others. She is the author of HOT, HUNGRY PLANET: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change (St. Martin’s Press; 2017). She was previously 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.