Michelle Nijhuis is a writer for National Geographic magazine. Her stories have covered the future of coal power, the push to dam the Mekong River, and drought in California and the West. For the 2016 Power of Parks series, she wrote about the effects of climate change on the national parks.
Nijhuis is also a longtime contributing editor of High Country News, a magazine known for its in-depth coverage of environmental issues in the American West. Her reporting on conservation and global change, for National Geographic and elsewhere, has won several national awards and been included in three Best American anthologies.
After 15 years off the electrical grid in rural Colorado, she and her family now live in White Salmon, Washington.