Susie Frank

Senior Writer & Communications Consultant
Multi-platform Persuader
Public Interest Communications & Development Strategist

Conservation, Education, Health, Policy, and Science Writer
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Keeping It Wild on the California Coast

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management Dean Steve Gaines. “Dangermond is one of the most important conservation sites in the world. Our scientists and students are thrilled to have the chance to protect and learn from this magnificent place.” The Preserve’s unusual geography gives rise to uniquely rich marine and terrestrial habitats. Stretching from the coast to the Santa Ynez Mountains, Dangermond includes chaparra

Leadership Spotlight: Rae Wynn-Grant, Ph.D.

Noted wildlife biologist Rae Wynn-Grant, PhD, likes to call herself an “unapologetic fan of charismatic megafauna.” Using sophisticated statistical modeling, she has studied large predators ranging from grizzly bears in the Northern Great Plains to African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania. Her work is shedding new light on how even minor human activity — such as a sole backpacker in a forest — can make predators shy away from their natural hunting grounds. Now she’s setting her sights on a uniq

BPA: Surprisingly strong effect on the body politic

It’s hard to pronounce, and even harder to find on a product label, yet the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has become a household word. So how did this obscure chemical become one of today’s most potent symbols for the perils of modern life? It all started with a series of lab accidents in the 1990s. Like the dirty work station that produced the unsightly fungus we now call penicillin, these accidents helped scientists realize that BPA in plastic objects does not stay put – it leaches out of its original container. And that changed everything.

Tired of playing 'chemical detective,' businesses are asking for TSCA reform

What do businesses like Kaiser Permanente, Catholic Healthcare West, Seventh Generation, Construction Specialties, and countless other U.S. companies have in common? They are forced to play ‘toxic chemical detective’ — a time and resource-consuming game made necessary by our nation’s failing chemical policy. The goal is to protect your customers by removing toxic chemicals from products, while keeping an eye on the bottom line. Here’s the catch: chemical manufacturers are not required to disclos