Alanna Mitchell

Award-winning Canadian science journalist.

Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of the HMS Erebus

Franklin-Cover-400Franklin’s Lost Ship, co-written with John Geiger, is an account of the ambitious Parks Canada-led search — which involved the largest number of ships since the early 1850s — and the discovery, bringing readers onto the decks of Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Martin Bergman and the One Ocean Voyager as the vessels sought to end the mystery.


Invisible Plastic: What Happens When Your Garbage Ends Up in the Ocean


Plastic is ubiquitous in our modern lives – a $17.6 billion industry in Canada alone that makes everything from shopping bags to packaging to clothing. It’s made our lives much more convenient and until recently we haven’t thought much about the fact that we throw a lot of it away after just one use, let alone what happens to the plastic that finds its way into the world’s oceans.

In Invisible Plastic, award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell sets out on a quest to find out just what happens to plastic on the high seas. Her story is riveting, and essential reading for every concerned Canadian.

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Dancing-dead235pxDancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World’s Environmental Hotspots

This book was published in Canada in 2004 and in the rest of the English-speaking world in 2005, winning international praise for its easily readable style.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Reuters Foundation named Mitchell the best environmental journalist in the world in 2000 after an international competition. The prize was a fellowship at Oxford University, which Mitchell took up in the Hilary term of 2002, studying with the eminent ecologist Norman Myers.

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