Author: Katie Peek

Katie Peek is an astronomer by training, with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she discovered extrasolar planets and investigated the formation of the Milky Way's heavy elements. Now she likes to write about nature and the environment. Visit her web site at www.katiepeek.com.

On the Importance of Inflation in Infographics

On the Importance of Inflation in Infographics

Adjust for inflation, even for relatively recent figures

By Katie Peek | Posted June 17, 2010

Bald Eagles on the Hudson River

Bald Eagles on the Hudson River

Once on the brink of extinction, bald eagles are making a home for themselves near New York City

By Olivia Koski and Katie Peek | Posted May 31, 2010

The Broad Street Cholera Outbreak

John Snow’s Maps of the Broad Street Cholera Outbreak

An early example of data visualization’s power

By Katie Peek | Posted May 26, 2010

Asian Carp, Knocking at the Great Lakes’ Back Door

Asian Carp, Knocking at the Great Lakes’ Back Door

As humans have circumvented Niagara Falls for aquatic transportation, so too have non-native species

By Katie Peek | Posted March 21, 2010

Birth of a Galactic Heavyweight

Birth of a Galactic Heavyweight

Astronomers near an understanding of how massive stars form

By Katie Peek | Posted March 9, 2010

Making Dirt Out of Dinner

Making Dirt Out of Dinner

New York City’s universities are turning kitchen scraps into compost

By Katie Peek | Posted March 1, 2010

What Would <i>You</i> Do with Eight Million Gallons of Water Every Day?

What Would You Do with Eight Million Gallons of Water Every Day?

The MTA contemplates using groundwater as a geothermal energy source

By Katie Peek | Posted February 27, 2010

How Well Do Carbon Footprint Calculators Estimate Your Impact?

How Well Do Carbon Footprint Calculators Estimate Your Impact?

Comparing nine online surveys reveals some discrepancies

By Katie Peek | Posted January 26, 2010