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.

Recent content

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How hurricanes are named (and why)

Tree frog from Georgia travels to Canada and back

Arctic fox astounds scientists by walking 2,100 miles in 76 days

Huge freshwater aquifer found under the ocean

After 14 months without tourists, Kauai's North Shore tests the waters again

7 haunting songs sung by whales

Camera trap captures rare high-definition photos of a jaguar in the wild

Does an empty baseball field really need outdoor lighting all night?

Plants found eating salamanders in Canada

What is the Gulf of Mexico dead zone?

The earliest sunrise of the year isn't on the summer solstice

What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?