Journalist, Humorist, Novelist


Coffey is a contributor to Scientific American and Discover magazines and a columnist for

Coffey’s July 11, 2017 article for is Intimacy Across Cultures and Species: Do Rats and Pygmy Chimps Dream of Electric Kisses. The full bibliography for it is available here.

Magazine Samples:

 bison-vs-mammoths_1 Bison versus Mammoths: New Culprit in the Disappearance of North America’s Giants
A scientist turns up new clues to the disappearance of North America’s giant beavers, saber-toothed cats and other large mammals.
 outsmarting-dengue-fever_1 Outsmarting Dengue Fever
Why one scientist is vaccinating mosquitoes, not patients.
 coral-in-love_1 Corals in Love
Why they spawn only at twilight, and only a few times a year.
 beauty-and-the-beasts_1 Beauty and the Beasts
The sight of a pretty woman brings out the war monger in men.
 Warm sunrise light at Nevada's Red Rock Recreation Area. Hiking Las Vegas
Just a few miles from the perfectly enclosed, artificial worlds of the Strip’s casinos, there lie some beautiful and accessible spectacles of nature.
clouds 20 Things You Didn’t Know about Clouds
Some are visible only after sunset, none are created by seeding, and one chewed on a fighter pilot for half an hour before spitting him out, alive.
stomp Winemaking: Science, Nature, and Fancy Footwork
Each glass tells you something about the wine’s milieu as well as the vintner’s approach.



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