Who Am I?

altwilletsI’m a writer and content manager for the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City. I write and blog, and edit work about earth sciences research, sustainable development and the development and educational programs associated with the institute. The EI includes Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a research campus north of NYC with more than 200 earth scientists studying geology, seismology, oceanography, climate, marine biology and more.

I also freelance, and for many years I’ve been a writer and editor exploring science, environment, community and travel, with experience at several New England newspapers, most recently The Hartford Courant, Connecticut’s largest daily newspaper.

I live in New York City and Guilford, Connecticut, and when not exploring the labs of Lamont and the streets of New York, I spend a fair time outdoors hiking, kayaking and bicycling around the shoreline, rooting around in the edge turf between Long Island Sound and the traprock ridges and river valleys of this small great state.

I’ll be posting commentary on here now and then when the spirit moves me, but my passion is for reporting and writing about what’s going on out there in science and the environment, from basic research and exploration to politics and advocacy to the big picture. You can also see here samples of my reporting and photography. This is work I like to get paid to do, so if you need this sort of thing, either pay me for it, or go get your own stuff.

Feel free to comment here on anything you see down the road. The only thing I would ask is that you use your real name. I’m using mine, and the things I write for publication carry my name, which means I stand behind them. If we’re having a conversation, I’d like it to be up front and civilized.

That said, let’s get on with it!

David Funkhouser
March 30, 2009 (updated Aug. 17, 2011)


2 responses to “Who Am I?

  1. Kim Martineau

    Hey Dave!
    love the blog–very impressive. Congrats on getting into J-school and please, please let me know when you’re in NY! Still getting used to life outside a newsroom–we have lots to catch up on.

  2. Michelle Brown


    I had no idea. I thought you were a “news” reporter not a nature reporter. The passion shows in your articles. Let’s take a hike!


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