Richard A. Lovett -- CV
RICHARD A. LOVETT, J.D., Ph.D.
I am an idea person with a public-policy orientation and wide-ranging interests that allow me to merge disparate fields. My formal training is in astrophysics, law, and economics, but years of reporting have also given me substantial experience in such disparate fields as toxicology, epidemiology, geophysics, psychology, analytical chemistry, and food safety – all of which give me an unusual ability to synthesize information. My most recent work has often involved climate change, food safety, exercise physiology, and earthquake, volcano, and tsunami hazards. In addition to the listed specialties, much of my earlier work focused on risk assessment, hazard identification, and the psychology and economics of risk.
In addition to writing seven books and more than 2,800 newspaper, web, and magazine articles, I am a science fiction writer with 41 short story, novelette, and novella sales to my credit. Many are in Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact, the magazine in which Isaac Asimov made his start. I've also written dozens of science articles for Analog, often on futuristic topics. All told (counting work in press), I have sold nearly 100 articles and stories to Analog, making me, by one tally, the third-most prolific contributor in its 80-year history. Reviewers have noted that my stories are often cautionary tales, examining what might go wrong with near-future technologies. I am also a frequent panelist at science fiction conventions, on topics ranging from writing technique to global warming.
I also coach distance runners and write frequent features for Running Times magazine and Marathon & Beyond. I've also written sports and Olympic- or running-related articles for National Geographic News, New Scientist, Cosmos, and The San Diego Union-Tribune. My books include two running books coauthored with marathon legend Alberto Salazar, plus two books on bicycle touring and one on cross-country skiing.
Coaching, I work with Portland's 300-member Team Red Lizard, a running club. I also work with individuals, ranging from local competitors to two women in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials, a world-class masters runner, and a national-champion snowshoe racer.
SELECTED PUBLICATION CREDITS
I have written for somewhere between 100 and 200 newspapers, magazines, and websites, including Science, Popular Science, Psychology Today, Nature, National Geographic News, The Economist, Scientific American, New Scientist, Travel & Leisure, The Los Angles Times, The Chicago Tribune,and many others. I am also a photographer with approximately 120 newspaper and magazine layouts to my credit, including two magazine covers. I am also the author of three law review articles on environmental policy. A full publication list is appended, below.
1986-present: Freelance writer (full-time since 1989)
1988 - 1989: Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1986 - 1988: Instructor, Department of Environmental Studies and Department of Economics
California State University, Sacramento
1983 - 1986: Senior Economic Policy Analyst
Pope-Reid Associates, Inc., St. Paul, MN
Served as consultant on hazardous waste, waste reduction, and municipal waste
issues for EPA, state, and local clients. Helped develop Monte Carlo simulation
model for leaking underground storage tanks.
1982 - 1983: Visiting Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
Taught torts and civil procedure.
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Michigan, 1981
- Dissertation title: "The Role of the Forest Service in the Development of Ski Resort: A Proposal
for More Rational National Forest Management."
J.D. University of Michigan Law School, 1978
- GPA: 4.10 (A+).
- Class Rank: 2
M.S. in Economics, University of Michigan, 1979.
- GPA: 7.45 (8.0 = A, 7.0 = A-).
B.S. Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, 1975.
- Major: Physical Science with a coordinate major in Astrophysics.
- GPA: 3.96
Available on request.