Marsha Walton is a science, technology and environment writer and producer.
Along with her stories for NSF, she works on the conservation series "This American Land," that airs on many public television stations. She also produces sustainability stories for "Planet Forward" at The George Washington University.
She has written for Mother Nature Network, Women's eNews, and is especially interested in oceanography, global warming and natural resources issues.
Marsha worked at CNN for 16 years, covering the dot com boom and bust, the Mars rover landings, and numerous space shuttle missions. She worked with CNN meteorologists in the field to cover hurricanes, tornadoes, and climate change.
Marsha has degrees from Northwestern University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
- Renewable Energy: A Reality Check in Rural China
Young engineer takes on a global challenge: Clean and sustainable energy, one village at a time
- Ice Core Secrets Could Reveal Answers to Global Warming
Ancient ice cores provide clues to future climate change
- Geomagic: Expanding Tools for a 3-D World
From shoes to the space shuttle, advanced 3-D imaging streamlines cost and safety
- Secrets of Slithering Snakes
Slithering snakes teach scientists about movement and design
- Virtual Reality Fires Up Research Efforts
Researchers team up with fire experts to place homeowners in virtual wildfires
- There Are No Limits in This "Universe Quest"
Universe Quest opens new worlds for young explorers
- Unmanned Helicopters Could Help Air Traffic Controllers
Small aircraft could have big impact on safety
- Disappearing Frogs: Trying to Save the World's Amphibians
Frogs in fight for their lives from disease, pollution, habitat loss
- Undersea Gliders May Help Oceanographers Understand "Dead Zones"
Versatile undersea gliders provide critical ocean data
- Wave of Discovery: Harnessing the Ocean's Power
Wave energy research swells
- Making Waves, Saving Lives
Making waves provides insight into nature's most destructive forces
- Inventor Realizes Dream to Create Stronger Metal Foam
New material absorbs seven to eight times the energy absorbed by similar foams
- Sea Turtles
"Turtle Positioning System" helps reptiles on fantastic voyage
- Biological Clocks
Uncovering the molecular secrets of what makes us tick
- The SpelBots
First-ever all female, African American RoboCup team has global impact
- Wind Powers Careers in Wyoming
Community college program trains future wind power technicians
- New Leaf Sensor Alerts When Plants Are Thirsty
These tiny, lightweight gadgets could mean huge savings for farmers
- Got Silk?
Researchers are spinning spider silk from goats' milk
- Hand Talk--Preserving a Language Legacy
Historical films, field work reveal more about endangered Native American language
- Dying Lobsters
Researcher narrows down spread of first lobster virus
- Lice and Human Migration
What lice reveal about our evolutionary history
- Fluorescent Fruit Flies Shed New Light
Researchers genetically engineer glow-in-the-dark sperm in fruit flies, revealing much more about sexual selection
- Engineering and Music: A Powerful Duet for Art and Science
These engineers and musicians are hitting just the right notes
- Citizen Science
Volunteers help scientists understand birds and changing habitats
- Hidden Oil and Gas Plumes in the Gulf
Below the surface, thousands of marine creatures are still in danger from Gulf oil disaster
- IceCube and Its Frozen Secrets
Searching below the surface of Antarctica for the mysterious neutrino
- Leaf-cutter Ants
Farmers, pharmacists and energy experts!
- Glowing Squid
Shining Symbiosis: Bobtail squid and their bacteria buddies
- Fascinating Flight
Looking to the ground before taking to the air–-what ground birds can teach us about flight
- DigiMorph: Bringing Fossils to Life
Cutting edge research without having to cut up anything!
- Spray-on Solar Panels
Getting a charge out of solar "paint"
- Evolution in Action
Observing a split in the butterfly family tree
- Lord of the Tree Rings
Tree rings are nature's historians
- If These Teeth Could Talk
What was really on the menus of our ancestors?
- 3D Proteins--Getting the Big Picture
Virtual reality immerses students in proteins and peptides
- Music and Creativity
Music can spark creativity in math and science
- Marshes and Sea Level Rise
How climate change is impacting marshes
- Cooperative Robots That Learn = Less Work for Human Handlers
Researchers are developing a robot language so 'bots' can cooperate with each other
- Decoding Disasters: Are We Prepared for Another 9-11?
Disaster Research Center scientists study world's worst disasters in hopes of saving more lives in the future
- Invasion of the Earthworms!
Non-native earthworms are damaging hardwood forests
- Antarctica Rocks!
Researchers brave bone chilling cold to solve geologic mysteries
- New Home Movies Resurrect Endangered American Indian Language
Educator develops multimedia tools to share Ojibwe language and culture
- Climate Change and Other Threats to World's Freshwater Goliaths
Large Lakes Observatory works toward deeper understanding of how lakes function
- Catching a Coral Killer
First ever case of human-caused marine disease
- Engineering Safer Drinking Water in Africa
Community outreach helps technology solve water problems in Africa
- Threats to Freshwater Mussels and the Consequences for Ecosystems
Catastrophic decline in freshwater mussels may impact water quality, other species
- Game Changer Research Aims to Forecast Tornadoes
Researcher is using supercomputers, data mining and meteorology to move us closer to reliable tornado forecasting
- Mapping the Genomes of Crocodiles and Alligators--It's Not for the Faint of Heart!
Adventurous field work expands knowledge of evolution and could help save endangered species
- Butterflies and Bats Reveal Clues About Spread of Infectious Disease
Human activity, habitat disruption may affect migration patterns and spread of infectious diseases
- Improving Our Depth Perception in Augmented Reality
Accurate depth perception is critical to future military, medical applications of AR
- Osorb: Absorbent Nanomaterial Cleans up Toxic Water
Unexpected discovery leads to cleanup of hydrocarbons, pesticides and pharmaceuticals
- Higgs Boson: Mysterious Particle Could Help Unlock Secrets of the Universe
Researchers on a scientific quest to understand 'the God particle'
- Baby Smiles Provide Clues to Healthy Development
Analyzing babies' expressions could help children at risk for developmental disorders
- Preparing a Workforce for Advanced Manufacturing
FLATE builds skills for high tech careers
- The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) Investigates Melting Polar Ice
From the ground, air and space, CReSIS researchers study disappearing ice and the potential for sea level rise
- Fire Ants: Coping With These Invasive Insects
Management, not eradication, could be the key to co-existing with fire ants
- Seeing Heat: The Sensory Systems of Boas, Pythons and Pit Vipers
The natural thermal imaging capabilities of snakes could inspire new artificial sensors
- National Ecological Observatory Network Studies Wildfire in Unprecedented Detail
In the largest study of its kind, NEON will collaborate with Colorado State University to provide airborne remote sensing data to study the full range of wildfire effects
- Medicine and Engineering Join Forces to Restore Disfigured Faces
Mathematical formulas help create facial structures for people with disfiguring injuries
- Water Isotopes Leave Fingerprints for Climate Scientists
Researchers study water vapor to learn more about the water cycle and impacts of climate change
- Understanding Human Nature When Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc
StormView™ software program gauges how residents react to warnings, prepare for storms
- Cubelets: Small Robots Teach Big Science Lessons
These simple robotic cubes are the building blocks of intelligent systems
- Cactus "flesh" cleans up toxic water
Prickly pear cacti may be natural, cheaper answer to water cleanup
- Helping the body regrow nerves
New strategy for restoring nerve function
- One day, we may fill the tank with fungi fuel!
Plant fungi and bacteria called "endophytes" fueling breakthroughs in energy, medicine and more
- Young astronomers to investigate the outer solar system
Students and amateur astronomers in small western U.S. communities help scientists measure Kuiper Belt objects out beyond Neptune
- Mathematician combines love for numbers and passion for sea ice to forecast melting
New mathematical methods can be applied broadly to climate, medicine, aircraft design and more
- Waterfall-climbing fish performs evolutionary feat
Small Hawaiian goby fish species could provide big clues about adaptation and evolution
- Mind-controlled quadcopter demonstrates new possibilities for people who are paralyzed
A brain-computer interface allows people to use only their thoughts to control a flying quadcopter
- Chemiscope to catch chemistry in the act
Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit develops new tool that could revolutionize chemistry
- Eliciting brain plasticity to keep the body moving
Engineers think 'out of the box' to help solve motor control issues for Parkinson's patients and others
- Solar Fuels: A grand challenge of 21st century chemistry
Solar army commander leads research group on quest for affordable solar fuels
- Nanosponge decoy fights superbug infections
A good disguise enables the nanosponge to soak up toxins from drug-resistant infections or poisons
- Engineering researchers help Tucson plan for drier days ahead
New designs for water supply improve quality, use less energy
- Strawberry fields forever -- with some help from mathematicians!
California berry growers and mathematicians team up for water conservation, and more
- Solar power to go!
Concentrated solar energy converts CO2 and H2O into solar-powered fuel
- Bio-logging collar reveals unprecedented detail about California mountain lions
Data amounts to an electronic diary of the wild cat's reactions and activities, as well as movements
- Immersive robotics experience inspires future engineers
Underrepresented students are more likely to pursue graduate school after summer undergraduate research experience
- NSF helps launch origami into space
21st century engineering applications for this ancient art form continue to unfold
- Sea Spray: Complex chemistry with big effects on climate
From ocean microbes to clouds and climate--it all comes down to microscopic particles at the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment
- "SciGirls" TV series encourages girls to succeed in STEM
Real-world STEM adventures inspire millions of girls through the power of media
- Could a "thinking cap" help us learn?
Vanderbilt researchers use cap to electrically stimulate learning skills
- Off the water grid: energy efficient and sustainable
University students live with "net zero" water system to test out the idea of decentralizing the urban water infrastructure
- CASA radar tracks tornadoes down the street and up to the minute, literally!
Smaller, smarter and faster radar systems could save lives, money when severe weather strikes
- Engineers investigate possible lingering impacts from Elk River chemical spill
Researchers go door-to-door, test tap water for possible impact on plastic pipes in home plumbing systems
- Hydraulic fracturing: Using scientific methods to evaluate trade-offs
Engineers gather data for more informed decisions about the benefits versus costs of oil and natural gas development
- Connect4Learning jumpstarts science and math for preschoolers
Preschoolers engaged, teachers enthusiastic about moving math and science to the head of the class
- Doppler on Wheels--the biggest 'dish' on the road!
Scientists aim for the eye of the storm to study hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards from the inside
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