Emma Marris is an environmental writer and an Institute Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She has written for many magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, Wired, the New York Times, Nature and Outside. She has a Master’s in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University. In 2011, she published her first book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. In 2016, she gave at TED talk about seeing the hidden nature that surrounds us, which has been watched over a million times. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and lives with her husband and two children in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

She writes about nature, people, food, language, books and film. Her goal is to find and tell stories that help us understand the past; take meaningful action in the present; and move towards a greener, wilder, happier and more equal future. 

Marris’s stories have appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, Slate, Orion, Discover, Grist  and Nature, where she worked as a staffer for several years. She holds a Master’s in Science Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

Her first book came out in 2011. Rambunctious Garden is an important read for anyone who cares about the environment. As humans influence every centimeter of Earth, from where species live to its very climate, our strategies for saving nature must change. The book explains why, and more importantly, how. And it is an exciting journey. Dutch safaris with modern day “aurochs,” treks deep into the totally non-native, totally wild jungles of Hawaii, close encounters with Polish bison, a kayak tour through the hidden river at the heart of Seattle–it is an adventure.

Check out her TED Talk about how we define nature, and what it means for our children.