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Edward Struzik

Edward Struzik

Edward Struzik is a writer, rapporteur, public speaker, fellow at Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University and the 2022 Jarislowsky Fellow at the University of Waterloo. He is a regular contributor to Yale Environment 360, an international on-line magazine published by the Yale School of the Environment. His articles and photographs appear in journals, magazines and newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Natural History, Policy Options, Foreign Policy Review, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Maclean's Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and the National Post.

Mr. Struzik has earned more than thirty national and international awards for his writings. Among them are several national newspapers and national magazine awards, numerous awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists, the U.S. based Grantham Prize, the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, the Southam Fellowship, the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal, which honours an individual who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of science. He has won the Science in Society award from the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada eight times. Two of those were for books.

His latest book, Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs and the Improbable World of Peat was made a “top pick” by the Wall Street Journal. Sierra Magazine included it in its list of four "must read" books. Library Journal described it as a "powerful, impressive feat of popular science." In “wholeheartedlyrecommending the book, the Oryx, International Journal of Conservation described it as “love letter to a landscape so little thought of. . .packed with expedition anecdotes, scientific facts and insights into human history.

Mr. Struzik is often called to speak about his books in wide-ranging locales, from UCLA and the Los Angeles Times Book Festival in California to smaller, more remote places such as Whitehorse in the Yukon, Campbell River and Salt Spring Island in B.C and Portland, Maine. In 2018 he briefed Congressional staffers on his book on wildfire. He has been a keynote speaker at the meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, the Conference Board of Canada, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Wildfire Summit in California, The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research at Ryerson University. the Mountain Festival in the Yukon, the Festival of Ideas in Winnipeg and the University of Trento in Italy. He was recently featured in the National Geographic documentary "The Last Ice" and in “Frozen Obsession” which was aired on PBS throughout the United States in 2021.

For more information on Edward Struzik and his views on wildfire, see the Questions and Answer article in the New York Times:

For an independent profile, visit Yale University’s Forum on Climate Change and the Media:


  • Swamplands. Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat. Island Press, Washington D.C. 2021.
  • Firestorm, How Wildfire Will Shape our Future. Island Press, Washington D.C. 2017.
  • Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge. Island Press, Washington D.C. 2016.
  • Arctic Icons: How the Town of Churchill Learned to Love Its Polar Bears. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Canada. 2014.
  • The Big Thaw: Adventures in the Vanishing Arctic. John Wiley and Sons. 2011.
  • Northwest Passage: The Quest For An Arctic Route To The East. Key Porter Books. 2002.