Emily Moskal

Emily Moskal is a biologist-turned-freelance science writer and communicator, whose features have appeared in outlets such as Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine and Astrobiology Magazine.

In December 2017, Emily and four other science writers co-founded Austin Texas Science Writers (@ATXSciWri) to promote accurate, accessible, and ethical science writing in Texas. She created the organization’s membership website (www.atxsci.org) and is currently president of the first such society in the south-central U.S. She is a member of National Association of Science Writers.
Yellow Foot Chanterelle (Craterellus tubaeformis), an edible mushroom found in the Bay Area and displayed at this year's MSSF Fungus Fair (Photo by Trent Pierce)

Before the Annual Fungus Fair, It’s All About Finding the Right Mushroom


Served in French dishes under the alias pom pom du blanc, lion’s mane has a texture and taste resembling lobster or shrimp. Chris Schoenstein, a lifelong enthusiast and member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, has only seen one 2 or 3 times. But that, if you’re a mushroom hunter, is the hook that keeps you coming back to an event like the Wunderlich Foray.

Traditional and Modern Methods of Acorn Preparation


Bay Area oaks are prolific, but acorn use has diminished within the last 200 years. With the help of modern kitchenware you can rediscover the art of acorn preparation and its rich history grounded in Native American traditions.

Log It or Leave It – Post-fire Debate over Burned Trees


As California’s fire season comes to a close, the fires that burned Yosemite and Mt. Diablo have left a landscape of burned trees, logs and soil. What to do next with that land, particularly in Yosemite, is a complicated decision, and politicians, land use managers, and ecologists have differing goals.