Ariel Rubissow Okamoto


About Me

I write about the environment, climate, and water. I focus on stories and science about people doing good, cherishing our planet, thinking big picture, challenging assumptions.  I also help organizations communicate priorities and findings in reports. I live in San Francisco, walk everywhere, enjoy stormwatching. Bliss is a dry-farmed tomato. Misery is a sentence with the verb at the end of it.



Regular writer for Bay Nature magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications, and the current editor in chief of the quarterly ESTUARY News.



Author of several books about Golden Gate National Park, and co-author of the Natural History of San Francisco Bay, which was published by the University of California Press.


Editor of dozens of water management and environmental reports for organizations ranging from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Delta Stewardship Council to Santa Clara County’s Valley Water.


Author of published opinion pieces  on homelessness, nature, farming, wildfire, mixed race marriages, and climate change, and on such critical topics such as the color of Hillary Clinton’s tights.

Video & Audio

Recent experimentation with storytelling about restoration work via imagery and interviews.

Special Projects

Current special projects include, a multi-media platform telling stories about sea level rise from the point of view of shoreline communities, an update to the Natural History of SF Bay book, and a memoir about the family farm in the Napa Valley.

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