July 19, 2012 / by admin

Mary Ellen Hannibal is a Bay Area writer and editor focusing on science and culture. Hannibal’s book The Spine of the Continent is about a social, geographical, and scientific effort to save nature along the Rocky Mountains. A “thoroughly satisfying gem,” The Spine of the Continent chronicles landscapes, people, critters, and issues along the Spine. Hannibal’s other books include Evidence of Evolution, Leaves & Pods, and Good Parenting Through Your Divorce. A former book review and travel editor, Hannibal is Chair of the California Book Awards. She was a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow.  She is a recipient of the National Society of Science Writer’s Science and Society Award 2012 and Stanford University’s Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.

Hannibal is a regular contributor to LIVESTRONG magazine; her writing has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Elle and Yoga Journal magazines among many other publications. She additionally has long experience in corporate communications and has written extensively for environmental nonprofits, including Friends of the Urban Forest, the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. She is the founder and producer of Evolve2009, a San Francisco city-wide celebration of Darwin and evolution. Evolve2009 won the California Library Association’s 2009 award for advocacy and communications.


E.M. Forster’s legendary words in Howard’s End counsel emotional connection; they also happen to describe the fundamental concept behind saving nature. These nonprofits make vital connections between people, species, and ecosystems. Check out their good work, and join them!