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Christopher Joyce

Correspondent, Science Desk

Christopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Joyce seeks out stories in some of the world's most inaccessible places. He has reported from remote villages in the Amazon and Central American rainforests, Tibetan outposts in the mountains of western China, and the bottom of an abandoned copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Over the course of his career, Joyce has written stories about volcanoes, hurricanes, human evolution, tagging giant blue-fin tuna, climate change, wars in Kosovo and Iraq and the artificial insemination of an African elephant.

For several years, Joyce was an editor and correspondent for NPR's Radio Expeditions, a documentary program on natural history and disappearing cultures produced in collaboration with the National Geographic Society that was heard frequently on Morning Edition.

Joyce came to NPR in 1993 as a part-time editor while finishing a book about tropical rainforests and, as he says, "I just fell in love with radio." For two years, Joyce worked on NPR's national desk and was responsible for NPR's Western coverage. But his interest in science and technology soon launched him into parallel work on NPR's science desk.

In addition, Joyce has written two non-fiction books on scientific topics for the popular market: Witnesses from the Grave: The Stories Bones Tell (with co-author Eric Stover); and Earthly Goods: Medicine-Hunting in the Rainforest.

Before coming to NPR, Joyce worked for ten years as the U.S. correspondent and editor for the British weekly magazine New Scientist.

Joyce's stories on forensic investigations into the massacres in Kosovo and Bosnia were part of NPR's war coverage that won a 1999 Overseas Press Club award. He was part of the Radio Expeditions reporting and editing team that won the 2001 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University journalism award and the 2001 Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Joyce won the 2001 American Association for the Advancement of Science excellence in journalism award.

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315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

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Morning News Brief: U.S. Pulls Out Of International Climate Accord

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What Are The Ramifications Of The U.S. Leaving The Climate Accord?

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President Trump Decides To Pull U.S. Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

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President Trump Expected To Make Decision On Paris Climate Accord

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Trump's Budget Would Eliminate A Key Funder Of Research On Coastal Pollution

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America's Protected Natural Areas Are Polluted, By Noise

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Environmentalists, Coal Companies Rally Around Technology To Clean Up Coal

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(Left) A close-up view of a spirally fractured mastodon femur. (Right) A boulder discovered at the Cerutti Mastodon site in San Diego County thought to have been used by early humans as a hammerstone. Tom Démeré/San Diego Natural History Museum hide caption

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New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

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In The Rockies, Climate Change Spells Trouble For Cutthroat Trout

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Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology

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Sound Matters: Sex And Death In The Rain Forest

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Some In Corporate America Push Back On Trump's Climate Regulations Roll Back

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