Scientist, Writer, and Speaker

Specializing in forests, climate, and our relationships with the natural world.

Author of Award-Winning In Search of the Canary Tree. Finalist of the National Academies Communication Award 2019. Selected by Science Friday for Best Science Books Of 2018.

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A forest painted with vibrant autumn colors is depicted on the cover of "Treekeepers: The Race for a Forested Future" by scientist and author Lauren E. Oakes.

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Treekeepers: The Race for a Forested Future

How the path from climate change to a habitable future winds through the world’s forests.

“Can trees really save us? Oakes digs deep into the complexities of planting forests to soak up carbon. The result is a frank, probing, but ultimately hopeful book.” –Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction

“Forests—especially mature ones, with big trees—are clearly crucial to our future. Here’s an in-depth exploration of exactly why, and it’s filled not just with numbers but with stories!” – Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature


Author exploring the intersection of nature, climate, and human impact in our rapidly changing world.


Science writer published in National Geographic, Scientific American, The New York Times, and more.


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