Oleson is currently a staff writer for the magazine, and he writes the Bare Earth Elements blog for EARTH's website. Based in beautiful Madison, Wis., his scientific interests span the geosciences from biogeochemistry to seismology to space science.
Before beginning a long-sought transition to science writing, Oleson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Tufts University, followed by a master’s and doctorate in geology (biogeochemistry) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Following a stint as a post-doc, and ever a student, he re-enrolled at UW and earned a master’s in journalism while focusing on science writing. Oleson is also into running, hiking, traveling/exploring, dabbling in the kitchen and trying anything new (at least once).