Rowan Jacobsen

Rowan Jacobsen

Rowan Jacobsen is an Outside contributing editor.

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An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives

As the plastics crisis spirals out of control, an unlikely collection of executives and environmentalists set sail for the North Atlantic Gyre in a desperate attempt to find common ground

Rowan Jacobsen
Aug 8, 2019

Hacking Your Genes Has Never Been Easier

Josiah Zayner and I are drinking fluorescent green beer at the ODIN, his Oakland lab. The tables are scattered with pipettes and disposable blue gloves, cases of Red Bull and Slim Jims are near at...

Rowan Jacobsen
Sep 6, 2017

Inside the Lab That's Quantifying Happiness

At the University of Vermont, mathematicians in the Computational Story Lab are reading your tweets and learning a lot about our collective well-being.

Rowan Jacobsen
Aug 11, 2017

The Day We Set the Colorado River Free

It's been more than 50 years since the Colorado River regularly reached the sea. But this spring, the U.S. and Mexico let the water storm through its natural delta for a grand experiment in...

Rowan Jacobsen
Jun 10, 2014

The Invasivore's Dilemma

An innovative sushi chef named Bun Lai has a new strategy in the war on invasive species: If you can’t beat ’em, plate ’em. Feral hog sashimi, anyone?

Rowan Jacobsen
Mar 24, 2014

Boilover

After years of sounding the climate-change alarm, writer Bill McKibben realized that gentle persuasion wasn’t cutting it. So he got mad. Then he got busy: tweeting, organizing, protesting, getting...

Rowan Jacobsen
Sep 17, 2012

The Gumbo Chronicles

Just months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, British Petroleum declared the recovery a success, and the Gulf of Mexico’s fisheries were opened for business. To celebrate, seafood freak ROWAN...

Rowan Jacobsen
Mar 9, 2012