Rowan Jacobsen

Rowan Jacobsen

Rowan Jacobsen is an Outside contributing editor.


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...

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...

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?

Bill McKibben climate change environmentalism


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...

Crabber on Bayou Lafourche

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...

John Besh

King of Crabs

New Orleans chef John Besh dishes up the ultimate seafood-gumbo recipe

A 14 year old member of the KIA digging a bunker.

Burma's Dark Side

News reports of liberalization in Burma have largely ignored a humanitarian crisis in the northern region of Kachin, where the Burmese army has waged war against ethnic Kachin civilians.