Russell McLendon

Russell McLendon
I'm science editor for MNN, where I help plan, produce and edit content for the site. I cover a wide range of topics related to nature, science and sustainability, mostly by writing but also sometimes by drawing cartoons or infographics.

I've been with MNN since 2008, watching it grow from a tiny startup into one of the world's top environmental news sites. I've also had a lifelong fascination with nature, probably due to all the time I spent exploring my backyard as a kid — along with years of indoctrination by Ranger Rick, Mr. Wizard and Captain Planet.

I have degrees in journalism and environmental anthropology from the University of Georgia, where I also served as a reporter, editor and cartoonist for the independent student newspaper. Before joining MNN, I covered local news and sports in Louisiana and worked as a copy editor for Creative Loafing in Atlanta.

If I'm not writing or drawing, there's a good chance I'm running in the woods, struggling to grow tomatoes or trying to keep up with my son as he explores the backyard.

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Why house cats pose a threat to endangered sea otters

NASA images of hurricanes from space

Ode to Martha, the last passenger pigeon

7 interesting facts about Lucy the ancient ape

8 captivating facts about spider silk

Wild giraffes are suffering a 'silent extinction'

American honeybees just can't get a break

You and a ginkgo tree can help scientists study climate change

Massive reforestation might be the moonshot we need to slow down climate change

Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act — but that might not matter

Canada creates two huge ocean sanctuaries in the Arctic

This dolphin mom adopted a baby from a different species