Paul is the earth and planetary science reporter at Science magazine, covering everything from the fringes of the atmosphere to the innermost inner core, on Earth and elsewhere in the Solar System. His work has taken him from the ice streams of eastern Greenland to the muddy sediments of the Susquehanna. He pays close attention to climate science – both the drastic, human-driven changes of today, and the lessons of past climates.
Before Science, Paul worked as an enterprise reporter at Greenwire and then the Chronicle of Higher Education, covering nearly every scientific discipline. He began in journalism as an intern at the Atlantic Monthly in its final Boston days, followed by several years at an alumni magazine and then the Prague Post, the Czech expat newspaper, where he visited Europe’s last uranium mine and the radon spas of Jachymov.
He’s a graduate of Boston College, where he dabbled in physics, computer science, and English, and holds a master’s in science journalism from Columbia University. In 2013, Paul received the Perlman news award from the American Geophysical Union; in 2015 he was named an emerging writer at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference; and in 2020, he received the distinguished journalism award from the American Meteorological Society.