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 and going on to cover 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. After working as a writer and blogger for 7 years, she joined Columbia University’s Master of Fine Arts program for nonfiction writing, from which she graduated in 2011. She is now a freelance writer for magazines, a columnist for several websites, runs and creates housewares at Dogwood & Hastings based on her travel photography. She also writes fiction and memoir. Below are some of her selected writings.


Memoir & Essay: 

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

Marie Claire: Dating as a Childfree Woman



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

Technology Unlocks the Mysteries of Bird Flight” for 10/14



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


Geology & Earth Sciences:

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


Space & Mars

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


Environment & Resources:

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

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


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 & Design: 

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: 

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

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

“Eco Chic Guide to Mexico City” for Coco Eco magazine


The Great Outdoors:

“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


Ethical Fashion: 

“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


Smart Consumption:

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

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