ESI Visiting Scholar

Deborah Cramer November 13, 2014

Deborah Cramer, author,
at Wingersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA.
© 2014 Shawn G. Henry

Deborah Cramer lives with her family at the edge of a salt marsh in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where each year she awaits the arrival of horseshoe crabs and alewives in tidal creeks, and the passage of migrating sandpipers and herons.  She writes about science, nature, and the environment, and is a visiting scholar at MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative.

Cramer has written three books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage, Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World, and The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey.   She has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, environmental and teachers’ organizations, and undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism. Her writing has most recently appeared in Audubon, BBC Wildlife, the Boston Globe and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.

The Narrow Edge has received the Best Book Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Reed Award in Environmental Writing from the Southern Environmental Law Center.

ESI Research Affiliate

Nick Obradovich is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab in the Scalable Cooperation group, an interdisciplinary lab of social, natural, and computer scientists focused on addressing large-scale cooperation challenges.


He holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego and completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. He is also the Human-Environmental Systems Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In his work, he combines his interests in climate change and human behavior with his affinity for data science and computational methods.

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