Brendan Borrell Brendan Borrell is a biologist and journalist who has written about science and the environment for a dozens of outlets including Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside, Nature, New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. His reporting at home and abroad has given him a first-hand view of some of the most pressing environmental issues of today. He has visited the phosphate mines of Morocco, followed a rhino hunt in South Africa, and taken a road trip through the expanding soy plantations of central Brazil.Brendan received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. For his dissertation research, he studied the evolution, ecology, and physiology of nectar feeding in the orchid bees of Costa Rica and Panama. His articles have received awards from the American Society for Journalists and Authors and his reporting has been funded by the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative.