Jacoba Charles

Writing, Science, Photography


Jacoba Charles is an environmental consultant and freelance science writer. She holds double masters degrees from Columbia University in earth and environmental science and journalism, and earned her undergraduate degree in botany.

Scientific experience includes managing restoration projects, environmental assessments, vegetation management plans, invasive species control, wildfire planning, vegetation mapping, and wetland identification. Jacoba is currently the technical editor for the academic journal Northwest Science. Work and research have taken her from the rural fish camps and canneries of Alaska to the oil-soaked shores of Louisiana.

Jacoba's science writing has been published in the New York Times, Salon.com, Modern Farmer, Bay Nature, and more. She is the co-author of the book The Light on the Coast, a retrospective of the Pulitzer Prize winning Point Reyes Light newspaper. Jacoba produced The Story Shed, a monthly radio documentary series highlighting the stories of ranching families and other long-time residents of coastal California, and science news reports, which aired on the public radio station KWMR. She lives in Petaluma with her family, including a toddling daughter and two dogs.