Based in Arlington, Virginia, Kim writes about conservation, restoration, sustainability, history, design, education and parenting, and other topics. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Ladies Home Journal, Babble, National Parks, and National Wildlife, among other publications and literary journals. She has been selected as an artist-in-residence for Acadia National Park and Shenandoah National Park and has received both a grant and research fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She teaches in the Johns Hopkins University Master’s in Science Writing program.
Some of Kim O’Connell’s Work
– Landscape Architecture
This is a profile of Biohabitats, a Baltimore-based ecological restoration firm doing important work around the country. I traveled to five cities to report on this story, which took me from a revitalized former dredge dumping ground along Lake Erie to a reclaimed landfill in New York City to a once-dead wastewater treatment lagoon in Portland that is now a haven for migrating birds.
– Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities
This personal essay details my experience of being with my aunt as she was dying, and how the sensory aspects of the experience opened a door to greater understanding and appreciation for my long and sometimes difficult relationship with her.