Journalist, Humorist, Novelist


Coffey has written for many national outlets, as detailed below.

Science and Health

Evergreen Explainers for

  • What Is DEET? Despite its robust credentials, many people retain a strong buzz of concern about DEET. There is one safer alternative that seems as effective as DEET.
  • What Are Persistent Organic Pollutants? They include commonly recognized names like the pesticide DDT and the large group of industrial chemicals known as PCBs. 
  • What Are Greenhouse Gases and Greenhouse Effect? Greenhouse gases trap solar heat close to Earth in the same way that insulating glass panels keep heat inside a greenhouse. 
  • What Is Anthropocentrism? The idea of human superiority is destroying the environment. It may also help save it.
  • What Is Arctic Amplification? Arctic amplification is the increasingly ramped-up warming that’s taking place in the area of the world north of 67 degrees N latitude. For more than four decades, temperatures in the Arctic have risen at two to three times the pace of the rest of the world.
  • How Do Volcanoes Contribute to Climate Change? Volcanoes change Earth’s climate both by warming and cooling it. Their net effect on climate today is small compared to that of human-made pollutants.

Vermont Public Radio Samples

For about a decade (late 1990s to late 2000s) I contributed commentaries to Vermont Public radio as an on-air personality specializing in mental health. Just a few are still online. Four were part of a series that won a Vermont AP award for VPR.  Those commentaries are at


  • For Beck and Branch, Rebecca produced the Science Bits series.
  • The video documentary Attacking Anxiety. This science documentary won the Red ribbon and the American Film & Video Festival, the Cine Golden eagle, and the the silver ribbon at the Columbus International film Festival.