All posts by Eric R. Olson

Eric is a writer and producer specializing in science and natural history. He is the former digital producer for NATURE on PBS. Originally from Seattle, Eric now resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Talking Rhinos and Stem Cells with Award-Winning Journalist Rachel Nuwer

 This February, we aired “The Last Rhino”, a film about the three remaining Northern White Rhinos; Sudan, an elderly male, his daughter Fatu, and his granddaughter Najin. Together, they are last living representatives of their kind. However, this dire situation hasn’t deterred a group of scientists from trying to rescue the Northern White. Using […]

Animals with Cameras: A NATURE mini-series

Wildlife Filmmaker Gordon Buchanan On ‘Animals with Cameras’

In our latest podcast episode, NATURE executive producer Fred Kaufman speaks with BBC cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan. Gordon hosts the upcoming NATURE mini-series “Animals with Cameras”, which premieres on PBS three consecutive Wednesdays, starting on January 31st. If the name doesn’t give it away, “Animals with Cameras” employs state-of-the-art cameras worn by animals themselves. […]

Rescuing the Elusive Vaquita

This October, an international team of scientists set out to save the vaquita, the most endangered whale in the world. Recent estimates suggest that as few as 30 individuals remain in the Gulf of California, the slim body of water that separates mainland Mexico from the Baja peninsula. These numbers are considered unsustainable given that every year many vaquitas […]

In Conversation with ‘H Is for Hawk’ Author Helen Macdonald

In 2007, writer and falconer Helen Macdonald lost her father suddenly and tragically to a heart attack. The two were close, and in order to find a way through her grief, she retreated to a childhood passion for falconry. Helen adopted a goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird to tame, and over the course of many […]

Naledi: One Little Elephant

On #WorldElephantDay Learn About the Biggest Study of Africa’s Elephants

Today is World Elephant Day and we thought there was no better time to take a look at the state of Africa’s elephants. To find out how the largest living land animals are faring we spoke with Mike Chase, conversation biologist and founder of the non-profit organization Elephants Without Borders.  Starting in 2014, Mike lead the Great Elephant Census, a groundbreaking two-year study that […]

Why Are These Sloths Wearing Tiny Backpacks?

This episode of the InsideNATURE podcast is all about sloths–perhaps the strangest group of creatures evolution has ever produced. While other species get ahead by being the fastest, the biggest or the strongest, sloths do everything as slowly as possible, using the least amount of energy and remaining largely unnoticed. But don’t be deceived by […]

The Uncertain Future of the Vaquita

The vaquita is the smallest porpoise in the world and also the most endangered. Last year, a scientific survey determined there were about 30 vaquitas left in wild, down from the 60 or so found the previous year. With such low numbers, the species appears to be teetering on the edge of extinction, and scientists […]

Yosemite and Climate Change with Wildlife Filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo

In the latest episode of the InsideNATURE podcast, I spoke with filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo, producer of the recent NATURE film Yosemite. As the name suggests, Joe’s film is about Yosemite National Park, one of America’s oldest parks, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. The film features a diverse cast of animal characters including […]