Revealing Nature // Inspiring Solutions
Strange and beautiful portraits of biodiversity.
Unexpected and extraordinary discoveries.
Mind-blowing innovations and ideas for sustaining life on Earth.
An editorially independent, non-profit magazine powered by the California Academy of Sciences, bioGraphic was created to showcase both the wonder of nature and the most promising approaches to sustaining life on Earth. We hope our stories will spark conversations, shift perspectives, and inspire new ideas, helping to not only shed new light on our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges, but also to solve them.
Through an ever-evolving array of storytelling tools and techniques, we will introduce you to some of the world’s most intriguing creatures and inspiring people. We’ll also transport you to faraway places, enabling you to experience what it’s like to be there and appreciate what’s at stake for those involved. Along the way, we’ll take a critical look at the environmental issues that pose the greatest threats to our future—and the most promising ideas for addressing them.
Come along—and come back often—as we travel the globe in search of stories that inspire both awe and hope for a more sustainable future.
bioGraphic stories are created by a diverse team of international journalists, producers, photographers, and visualization experts.
If you’re interested in becoming a bioGraphic contributor, please review our submission guidelines for more information.
Interested in sharing bioGraphic stories with your audiences? We’re proud to work with media partners to bring powerful storytelling about nature and sustainability to a global audience—and we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at [email protected] to learn how you can become our next media partner.
See more bioGraphic stories in: Audubon, Aeon, Boing Boing, Business Insider, Earth Touch News, Grist, Mongabay, New York Magazine, SFGate, Treehugger, Vox, Maptia, KQED, and more.
Although it’s still a relatively new publication, bioGraphic has already received several prestigious awards for its stories. Our “Lens of Time” video series won the 2018 Webby Award for Best Documentary Series and the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Award for Best Limited Series–Short. Our film “The Anomalies: Venom Race” won the 2019 Jackson Wild Media Award for best Science in Nature Film–Short Form. “Shoot to Save” won the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2018 Southern California Journalism Award in the Environmental Reporting category. “Owl Wars” won the American Society of Journalists and Author’s (ASJA) 2017 Writing Award in the Business/Technology/Science category. “Maggot Revolution” won the 2017 Food Sustainability Media Award. In addition, “Forgotten But Not Gone: The Pacific Fisher” was honored as a finalist by the G2 Green Earth Film Festival, “Life on the Rocks” was honored as a finalist for the American Geophysical Union’s Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–Features, and “Basking on the Brink” was given an honorable mention in the Society of Environmental Journalism 2019 Awards for Reporting on the Environment. In 2018, bioGraphic won an EXCEL Award for best magazine in the Digital Media category from the Association of Media and Publishing.
Stephanie Stone, Editorial Director
Steven Bedard, Editor-in-Chief
Rhonda Rubinstein, Creative Director
James Davidson, Visual Designer
Katie Jewett, Science Writer
Skylar Knight, Editorial Coordinator
Sophie Stafford, Contributing Photo Editor
Siri Carpenter, Contributing Editor
Sarah Gilman, Contributing Editor
Lauren Gravitz, Contributing Editor
Hannah Nordhaus, Contributing Editor
Hillary Rosner, Contributing Editor
Madison Jane Pobis, Editorial Intern
Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth, Editorial Intern
Mike Schmitt, Visual Effects Supervisor
Ken Ackerman, Animator/Motion Graphics Designer
Lauren Esposito, Science Advisor
Brian Simison, Science Advisor
Michelle Trautwein, Science Advisor
CODE OF ETHICS
Journalistic integrity is critical to our work, and we are committed to upholding the highest standards of excellence, honesty, fairness, and transparency. The bioGraphic Code of Ethics, produced using guidance from the Online News Association, offers some specific examples of the protocols we follow to meet these standards.
For more information, please see our Editorial Independence Policy.
bioGraphic is powered by the California Academy of Sciences, a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it’s the only place in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof. In addition to financial support from the Academy, bioGraphic is made possible by contributions from individuals and foundations. As outlined in our Donor Transparency Policy, we disclose all donors who contribute more than $5,000 per year, and we uphold a strict firewall between news coverage decisions and all sources of revenue.
The following generous supporters fuel our stories and inspire our deep gratitude:
SHAWN AND BROOK BYERS
RON AND LINDA GREENMAN