Articles by Elizabeth Devitt

Elizabeth swapped her stethoscope for a spiral notebook after more than two decades of practicing veterinary medicine on creatures great and small, from cows and cockatoos to pampered pets and stranded sea lions. Although she loves the veterinary profession, she wanted to use her medical background as a foundation for writing stories with global impact—a goal beyond the reach of her general clinical work. As a veterinarian, Elizabeth watched the borders erode between animal environments and human habitats. When diseases jumped those blurry boundaries, she itched to create solutions that also crossed those species lines. So, she sharpened her writing skills in the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. Now, she’s delighted to be a contributing writer for Mongabay, where she can focus on our environment – the territory that man and animals must successfully share in order to survive. When Elizabeth isn’t being crowded by her cats at her computer keyboard, she’s training for her next marathon, swimming in the ocean, or learning tango.

Restoring seagrass under siege

You need a boogie board and a wetsuit to garden with Katharyn Boyer, a biology professor at San Francisco State University in California. They come in handy along the shorelines…

The lionfish invasion: A call to arms?

A battle is brewing in southeastern U.S. waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea: it’s the lionfish against all comers. With voracious appetites and virtually no predators, these…