Selected Writing

Starre always had two paths in mind: At 8 she wrote, “When I grow up, I want to be a scientist. When I grow up more, I want to be a writer.”

That’s exactly what she did, graduating with a BS in Geology at Syracuse University, working as an environmental geologist, and then going on to pursue writing. She covered food, science, and health topics early in her career, and sustainability and ethical fashion a bit later, culminating in her book, the Eco Chick Guide to Life, based on her award-winning site of the same name.

After working as a writer and blogger for 7 years (including a stint writing screenplays for HBO and CBS on Mars and the power grid), she joined Columbia University’s Master of Fine Arts program for nonfiction writing, from which she graduated in 2011. She is now a full-time freelance writer for magazines, a columnist for, and works on social media projects for sustainability nonprofits. She also writes fiction and memoir. Below are some of her selected writings.


Geology & Earth Sciences

Ancient Shipwrecks are a Treasure Trove of Climate Data for Gizmodo (Earther) 1/18

California’s Wildfires Could Be the New Normal for Vice

Make Antarctica Green Again? for Vice

Humans Produce So Much Junk, We’re Creating a New Geologic Layer for Slate 7/17

How does Dead Sea salt form those giant cubes? for From the Grapevine 9/14

Space & Mars

The Gloves We’ll Wear on Mars for Medium 6/18

How Ancient Star Maps Gave Rise to Modern Astronomy for Gizmodo 9/17

What Kind of Suits Do Astronauts Need to Survive on the Red Planet? for Newsweek 7/17

When we go to Mars, how will we protect space life from us? for Mental Floss



How IVF Might Bring Coral Back to the Florida Keys for The Daily Beast

Tigers and Polar Bears Get Nothing from Capitalism for Gizmodo (Earther) 5/18

The Real Bat Cave That’s Even More Fantastic Than Batman’s for CNN Travel 8/17

Bats Work in Teams! Findings from the Bat Lab for From the Grapevine 2/15



How AI Can Help Addicts Stay Sober for The Daily Beast 5/18

Technology Unlocks the Mysteries of Bird Flight for 10/14



How Fake Science Saved Lives for Gizmodo 6/17

Fascinatingly Filthy, How Bad Science Saved Lives in Victorian London for Mental Floss 12/15

5 Promising Male Birth Control Methods for Mental Floss 8/15

How the Media Got Pranked Over Chocolate for 6/15

Researchers Make New Inroads to Cure the Flu for From the Grapevine 10/14

Do You Share Genes with Friends? It’s Likely for The Curious


Environment & Resources

Could feeding seaweed to cows help save the climate? for Mental Floss

You Might Be Eating Plastic and Fibers with Your Fish for Mental Floss

From Plant to Cup: A Green Tea Photoessay for

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet, on a Global Scale for From the Grapevine


Women and the Law

The Lifelong Consequences of Rape for Pacific Standard

Killing Your Husband to Save Yourself for Pacific Standard

Beyond Roe v. Wade: Five Other Standout Cases That Defined Abortion Rights for Vice (Broadly)


Architecture, Art, & Design 

Listen to the Haunting Sounds of Antarctica’s Disintegrating Ice Sheets for Earther (Gizmodo Media Group)

The Fourth Dimension for Labocine (science film archive)

Where were the Usual Suspects in “Making a Murderer?” for Pacific Standard

Game Changers, 2015: Liam Casey for Metropolis magazine

Q&A: Paul Hawken for Metropolis magazine

All Natural (Mushroom-derived furniture) for Metropolis magazine

Ask the Experts: Garden Design (urban gardener Kari Elwell-Katzander) for New York magazine

Design vs. Art for Metropolis online


Travel & Culture 

Why Vacations Matter for Your Health for CNN Travel

How the World is Changing for Autistic Travelers for CNN Travel

Why You Should Travel to See an Aurora and How to Do It for Lifehacker

Escape Rooms: Why People Flock to These “Tourist Traps” for CNN Travel

The Real Bat Cave That’s Even More Fantastic Than Batman’s for CNN Travel

Obama Designates First Atlantic Ocean National Monument for Conde Nast Traveler

How to Feel Like You Went on Vacation by Meditating for Conde Nast Traveler

Why You Should Roadtrip Through Mexico for Conde Nast Traveler

Looming Large: Beautiful Textiles Around the World for Conde Nast Traveler

How to Travel Well When You Have a 9-5 Job for

7 Cultural Concepts We Don’t Have in the U.S. for

Suzou: Everything You Want From a Visit to China for

Eco Chic Guide to Mexico City for Coco Eco magazine


Food & Drink

What’s a Balmain Bug, and Why Do Australians Love Them? for Saveur 6/18

Why Olympians Love a High-Fat Diet (Take It with a Grain of Salt) for The Daily Beast 2/18

Italy’s Free Coffee Tradition and Other Acts of Kindness for Conde Nast Traveler


The Great Outdoors

How, and Why, to Try Running Totally Barefoot for Lifehacker

Swimming with Whale Sharks for

Giant Trees and Waterfalls in Olympic National Park for (includes original photography)

The Hot List (best US hot springs destinations) for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

Hiking the Napali Coast of Kauaii for the Huffington Post


Smart Consumption

From Roots to Rack feature article on botanical dying for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

It’s all the Jeans article on Raleigh Denim jeans for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

Overwhelmed? Author Brigid Schulte Explains Our Cult of Busyness for

The Minimalists Share Their Journey to a Simpler Life for

How Often Do You Really Need to Shower? for (linked to from partner site


Memoir & Essay 

American Literary Review: “Icewalkers” (Second Place in the ALR’s annual competition)

Marie Claire: Dating as a Childfree Woman


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