Speaking at the ASES Annual Awards Banquet. Dennis Dimick serves as executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine in Washington, D.C., where he leads coverage of energy, climate, and sustainability issues. He guided creation of a single-topic issue on global freshwater in April 2010, and architected a year-long 2011 series called “7 Billion,” on global population, its impact, and prospects. Other recent projects have included a multi-story package on climate change, Canadian oil sands, energy efficiency, Australian drought, the greening of Greenland, melting glaciers, mountaintop removal coal mining, world soils, the carbon cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the end of cheap food.
In addition to co-organizing the annual Aspen Environment Forum since it began in 2008, Dimick regularly presents slide-show lectures on the tension between expanding human aspiration and Earth’s finite ability to sustain it. Recent audiences have included the British Geological Survey’s 2011 Anthropocene Conference, Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, Mountainfilm Telluride, the University of Nottingham, and the Annenberg Space for Photography. He was the 2010 Governor Tom McCall Memorial lecturer at Oregon State University.
Dimick grew up on a sheep and hay farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and holds degrees in agriculture and agricultural journalism from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where in 2011 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus. He previously worked at newspapers in Oregon and Washington, and for The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky. He lives with his family in Arlington, Virginia.