Hi, I’m Maria. I am a Seattle science and environment journalist, guidebook author and essayist. I love excellent writing in any genre. I particularly like writing profiles, and stories about animals, conservation, and the outdoors. I am a very experienced interviewer, and love to learn about people.
I have written on Vaux’s Swifts for Smithsonian.com, ocean acidification for Slate, eroding coasts for Ensia, orcas for Seattle Magazine, shrimp fishing for Seattle Metropolitan, Glacier Bay moose for Sierra Magazine, Washington travel for the Seattle Times, city tree carbon credits for CityLab and on many other topics for publications including Newsweek.com, Sunset Magazine, Salon, Ampersand, and elsewhere. I also like to write quirkier stories, like this almond milk rebuttal and this story on corpse medicine, which Boing Boing blogged about.
I am the co-author of Nature in the City: Seattle (Mountaineers Books), which the Seattle Times called “a treasure map to the city’s wild and not-so-wild places,” and Outside Magazine’s Urban Adventure: Seattle (W.W. Norton & Co.).
I enjoy editing for a few clients, and ghostwriting for a few more.
2014 Society of Professional Journalists NW Excellence Award First Place in Magazine Editorial and Commentary for the Seattle Magazine feature “Star Blight” on sea star wasting disease.
2012 Society of Professional Journalists NW Excellence Award First Place in Magazine Environmental Affairs for the Seattle Magazine feature “The Mysterious Death of Orca L112” on the causes of resident orca population declines.
Outside work I read, write, walk, hike, climb, parent, grow plants, cherish friends, and try to practice my rusty French. I live with my family in Seattle.
Contact: mariaidolan at gmail dot com or on Twitter @mariaidolan