Judith Horstman

Judith Horstman, M.L.A, over a wide-ranging career specializing in science writing, has been a newspaper reporter, a Washington correspondent, a journalism professor, and the recipient of a Vannevar Bush science journalism fellowship at MIT and two Fulbrights to establish a journalism center in Budapest. She has written for the internet and for numerous publications including the Stanford University Medical Center News Office, Time Inc. Health, the Harvard Health Letter, the Johns Hopkins White Papers, and she was a contributing editor of Arthritis Today. She is the author of seven books, including the four-book Scientific American series: Day in the Life of Your Brain (2009), Brave New Brain (2010), Book of Love, Sex and the Brain (2011) and Healthy Aging Brain (2012); and is the editor of Mindfulness in Public Schools: Building Wellness and Resilience in Our Children (2013). She and her aging brain live in California near her children and grandchildren, and travel as widely and often as possible.


  • Into the Woods

    Into the Woods: Turning to Forests for Energy

    Forests are our master recyclers, guardians of the air, water and soil – the very lungs of the planet and iconic symbols of the beauty and power of nature.

  • Manomet: The storm over carbon accounting

    Manomet: The Storm Over Carbon Accounting

    The carbon question is perhaps the most hotly debated of all forest bioenergy issues: Does burning wood create a carbon debt?

  • Tangled up in green

    Tangled Up In Green

    As the forest biomass industry ramps up, harvesting wood for energy is coming under increasing scrutiny.

  • From Bio to Fuel

    Shrub Willow and Cellulosic Diesel

    A look at shrub willow and cellulosic diesel to address our energy needs

  • Finn Power: Why Finland Leads in Forest Bioenergy

    Finn Power: Why Finland Leads in Forest Bioenergy

    Finland is doing something right. While most industrialized countries struggle to decrease fossil fuel dependence and increase energy from renewable sources, Finland is a bioenergy success story.

  • Breaking Down the Wall

    Breaking Down the Wall

    Every Labor Day for several years, long distance runner Rod Mackie would compete in a road race that went past a canning factory garbage dump just outside Hoopeston, Il. As a microbiologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he couldn’t help noticing a smelly, bubbling, porridge-like leachate that was oozing up from the ground.

  • Plant deconstruction for biofuels

    Breaking Down the Wall: Part II

    By weight, cellulose in plants is the most widely available form of biomass on the planet -- and one of our best bests for developing sustainable and renewable biofuel.