Stephen Robert Miller | An Island Press author

Stephen Robert Miller

Stephen Robert Miller is an award-winning environmental journalist and previous Ted Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado, where he currently teaches feature writing. His articles on climate change, adaptation, conservation, and environmental justice have appeared in National Geographic, Discover, Sierra Magazine, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, High Country News, and others. He has reported on the transition to renewables among Native tribes in Arctic Alaska, the Indigenous resistance to fossil fuel pipeline development in British Columbia, the political battles among farmers and cities in the Arizona desert, and the worst dengue fever epidemic in Bangladeshi history.

Previously, Stephen was a senior editor at YES! Magazine, where he covered climate change and environmental justice, and the editor in chief of the Capitol Hill Times in downtown Seattle. His writing and editing have received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Native American Journalism Association, and Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. He has spoken on journalism panels and has been interviewed on radio stations and podcasts across the nation.

In a previous life, Stephen fronted Jetlag, a folk rock band that toured the American West, performing to crowds of thousands and occasionally appearing on TV. He studied journalism at the University of Arizona and now lives in Longmont, Colorado, with his fiancée and an old motorcycle.

Over the Seawall: Tsunamis, Cyclones, Drought, and the Delusion of Controlling Nature by Stephen Robert Miller | An Island Press book

Over the Seawall

Tsunamis, Cyclones, Drought, and the Delusion of Controlling Nature

In March 2011, people in a coastal Japanese city stood atop a seawall watching the approach of the tsunami that would kill them. They believed—naively—that the huge concrete barrier would save them. Instead they perished, betrayed by the very...