Author. Journalist. Producer. Photographer. Speaker. National Geographic Explorer. Public Policy Fellow
Co-founder, Big Cat Voices
Sharon covers wildlife, ecosystems, climate change, energy, environmental health, pollution, disease and other issues. She's written for National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Smithsonian, Mongabay and numerous other outlets. She speaks publicly on these issues and serves as a global fellow with the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program and China Environment Forum. She co-founded the media nonprofit Big Cat Voices.
Her work has garnered awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, New York City's Deadline Club and an Arlene Award for “an article that makes a difference” from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. And she's
had impact. One example: Sharon's investigation for National Geographic into wildlife trafficking from the Tiger Temple in Thailand prompted officials to shut it down and seize the monastery’s 147 tigers. Her 30-page story in Nat Geo Magazine on captive tigers in the U.S. helped pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act in December 20220 She's a National Geographic Explorer, has received grant support from the National Association of Science Writers and lived in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar.
Sharon is a photographer, produces multimedia pieces, and has worked on TV and film projects as consulting producer, most recently, National Geographic Channel's TRAFFICKED series. She has edited special issues and articles for outlets including The Conversation and Scientific American and launched the "State of the Wild" book series for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
SHARON HAS SPENT MORE THAN TWO DECADES REPORTING ON BIG CATS from some of the world's most remote wild places. In this book, she shares what she has learned about these iconic cats in a fun, fascinating, fact-filled book for kids––with Nat Geo photographer Steve Winter's stunning images.
Together, they capture the beauty, intelligence and habits of the animals. But they also tell their stories to bring international attention to the threats that face them and features extraordinary individuals working to protect them. It also teaches kids how to help save these magnificent felines and how to be a good steward for the planet.
Praise for Tigers Forever:
More than compelling, Tigers Forever is a monumental achievement in prose and images. The book is so riveting—nothing short of a hymn about the most endangered of all the big cats—that no reader could conceive of a world without them."
"With eloquent text and photographs of unsurpassed beauty, Tigers Forever opens the eyes of the world to what is happening to the tiger, one of its greatest natural treasures."
‘Spillover’ diseases are emerging faster than ever before—thanks to humans
The True Costs of Wildlife Trafficking Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
COVID-19 may impair men’s sexual performance National Geographic
Captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild. It's a problem.
National Geographic Magazine
Why it's so hard to treat pain in infants National Geographic
Exclusive: Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market National Geographic
Talks & Video
Panel: Unpacking COVID-19 and the Connections Between Ecosystem, Animal, and Human Health and Security
The Wilson Center
Video: Battling India's Illegal Tiger Trade
Panel: Speaking up for Endangered Species in a Time of International Turmoil
Georgetown and Oxford Universities
Video: Special Investigation: Famous Tiger Temple Accused of Supplying Black Market National Geographic