Christopher Joyce 2010
Doby Photography /NPR
Christopher Joyce 2010
Doby Photography /NPR

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.

[+] read more[-] less

Purchase Featured Books

Earthly Goods: Medicine-Hunting in the Rainforest

Purchase Book

Buy Featured Book

Title
Earthly Goods: Medicine-Hunting in the Rainforest
Author
Christopher Joyce

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Witnesses from the Grave : The Stories Bones Tell

Purchase Book

Buy Featured Book

Title
Witnesses from the Grave : The Stories Bones Tell
Author
Christopher Joyce

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cattle had to be driven through the waters of a flooded road and then trucked to higher ground on Aug. 16 in Sorrento, La. About a third of the flooding in the state last month occurred outside the local flood plain. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account For Climate Change

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492260099/494043702" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Tropical Storm Colin brought big waves to Fort Myers Beach in Fort Myers, Fla., in early June. Given the threat of serious flooding, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in the area. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Audio is no longer available

Sea ice melts off the beach of Barrow, Alaska, where Operation IceBridge is based for its summer 2016 campaign. Kate Ramsayer/NASA hide caption

toggle caption Kate Ramsayer/NASA

As July's Record Heat Builds Through August, Arctic Ice Keeps Melting

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/490628323/490671365" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Protesters in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., in June hold signs calling for hearings on contamination in their town's drinking water by a chemical related to firefighting foam. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

toggle caption Mike Groll/AP

A view of the main trench to the permanent camp at Camp Century, Greenland, in the 1950s. The U.S. Army base was abandoned in 1967, after Greenland's ice sheet began shifting and the Army realized that the tunnels wouldn't last. Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Melting Ice In Greenland Could Expose Serious Pollutants From Buried Army Base

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488872411/488881347" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A heat-stressed koala is doused with water in December 2015 during an extreme heat wave in Adelaide, Australia. Last year was the hottest on record, but 2016 is on pace to supplant it at the top of the list. Every month of this year has set heat records. Morne de Klerk/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

Scientists Report The Planet Was Hotter Than Ever In The First Half Of 2016

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/486655867/486664046" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

NASA Scientists Predict Another All-Time Heat Record For 2016

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/486646147/486646148" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

One of the frigatebirds that researchers tagged soared 40 miles over the Indian Ocean without a wing-flap. These birds were photographed in the Galapagos. Lucy Rickards/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption Lucy Rickards/Flickr

Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484164544/484215911" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Moraine Park is a grassy valley inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Wes Lindamood/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Wes Lindamood/NPR

Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483241647/483976600" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Antikythera team members Nikolas Giannoulakis, Theotokis Theodoulou, and Brendan Foley inspect small finds from the shipwreck, while decompressing after a dive of 165 feet beneath the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Greece. Brett Seymour/EUA/WHOI/ARGO hide caption

toggle caption Brett Seymour/EUA/WHOI/ARGO

Ancient Shipwreck Off Greek Island Yields A Different Sort Of Treasure

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483115572/483811586" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Among the hominin fossils found at the Mata Menge site on the Indonesian island of Flores was part of a lower jaw. Kinez Riza/Nature hide caption

toggle caption Kinez Riza/Nature

Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/481263190/481351365" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Researchers found numerous ring-like structures inside France's Bruniquel Cave. They believe they were built by Neanderthals some 176,000 years ago. Etienne FABRE - SSAC hide caption

toggle caption Etienne FABRE - SSAC

Mysterious Cave Rings Show Neanderthals Liked To Build

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/479505786/479561238" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A view from the Shark Valley Visitors Center in Everglades National Park. Much of the freshwater that used to replenish South Florida's saw grass prairie has been diverted to agriculture, researchers say. Pietro Valocchi/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption Pietro Valocchi/Flickr

Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/477014085/479420407" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The mayor of Coral Gables, Fla., worries that the continued rise in sea levels could sink the property values of waterfront neighborhoods. PictureWendy/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption PictureWendy/Flickr

Rising Sea Levels Made This Republican Mayor A Climate Change Believer

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/477014145/478417245" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript