Deborah Cramer


Deborah Cramer writes about science, nature, and the environment.  Marcia McNutt, editor of Science, said of Cramer’s first book, Great Waters, “I would recommend it to anyone who proposes to be an informed citizen of Planet Earth.”


Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World is the companion to the ocean hall at the National Museum of Natural HistoryContaining some of the world’s finest marine photography, it shines new light on the meaning of the sea in our lives, inviting people to consider how all life, including ours, depends on the sea.  Of this book, Linda Lear, Rachel Carson’s biographer, wrote: “Rachel Carson wrote the ocean’s biography for the 20th century, and Deborah Cramer, with the same passion and meticulous research, has written it for the 21st.”  E.O. Wilson said: “It has often been proposed that the ultimate human future lies in space.  It has become clear instead that the strange world really holding our future, now and forever, is the ocean.  In Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World, Deborah Cramer explains why.  Authoritatively researched, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated, this book is best of its class.”


Most recently, her writing has appeared on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.  Her new book, On the Edge, about shorebirds and horseshoe crabs, and the ways humans and wildlife share an increasingly fragile and congested coast, will come out in the spring.


Cramer speaks about her writing and the sea, at science and maritime museums, at major environmental and teachers’ organizations, and undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism.


She sits on the advisory council of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and is a visiting scholar at MIT’s Earth System Initiative.