About

Soil geographer. Writer. Photographer. Facilitator. Community Builder. And now, I can add 2018-2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow to that list of titles.

During my Fulbright-National Geographic fellowship, I studied peat bogs in Ireland. Carbon. Climate Change. Culture. Community. These topics are all woven into the story about Irish people relate to their peat soil, which holds vast amount of organic carbon.  

My background:

  • Raised by public school teachers in Iowa.

  • Degrees:

    • B.S. Agronomy and environmental studies, Iowa State University

    • M.S. Geography, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    • M.A. Journalism, University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Writing published in Science Magazine, TIME, Atlas Obscura, National Geographic Society’s Open Explorer and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Worked in one biogeochemistry and two soil science laboratories.

  • Learned the ropes of urban agriculture community work through Purdue Extension - Marion County in Indianapolis, IN.

Want to know more? Emily Toner's Resumé 

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

 

soils where I've spent a bit of time

Peat soil in Irish bogs, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Photo credit: Jen Guyton

Peat soil in Irish bogs, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Photo credit: Jen Guyton

Urban residential neighborhood soil where people want to grow their community a little food, Indianapolis, IN

Urban residential neighborhood soil where people want to grow their community a little food, Indianapolis, IN

Remediated urban soil in community and school gardens. Paramount School of Excellence, Indianapolis, IN

Remediated urban soil in community and school gardens. Paramount School of Excellence, Indianapolis, IN

Semi-arid soil in World War II Japanese Internment Camp Amache, Granada, Colorado

Semi-arid soil in World War II Japanese Internment Camp Amache, Granada, Colorado

Soil formed under prairie in the Midwest. A mosaic from the Indianapolis International Airport.

Soil formed under prairie in the Midwest. A mosaic from the Indianapolis International Airport.

Soil accumulated in the shade of old trees, often with old friends.

Soil accumulated in the shade of old trees, often with old friends.