Peter Aldhous


Teaching Schedule - Fall 2017:

Course # Title Units Time Location
J221 Introduction to Data Visualization 3 F 9:30 -12:30 108/Lower NG

Peter Aldhous is a science reporter with BuzzFeed News. He also teaches investigative reporting in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz and has developed online training materials in data visualization for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Peter got his start in journalism in 1989 as a reporter for Nature in London, fresh from a PhD in animal behavior. Later he worked as European correspondent for Science, news editor for New Scientist and chief news and features editor with Nature, before moving to California in 2005 to become New Scientist's San Francisco bureau chief. Peter works with free tools to 'interview' and visualize data – from scans of his own DNA to records of human conflict. His projects include web apps that have explored the local and global history of climate change and the number of Earth-like planets in our galaxy. Peter's articles have won awards from bodies including the Global Editors Network, the Association of British Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Wistar Institute.

Published Work:


Data Journalism Awards 2016: Data Visualization Of The Year (Large Newsroom) (June 2016)
For animated maps with 'Spies In The Skies,' published by BuzzFeed News. America is being watched from above. Government surveillance planes routinely circle over most major cities — but usually take the weekends off.
Association of British Science Writers: Best Investigative Journalism (July 2010)
For 'How My Genome Was Hacked,' published in New Scientist. If a reporter’s DNA is vulnerable to prying eyes, so is yours. All it took was a credit card and companies that asked few questions.
Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award (May 2007)
For 'Miracle Postponed,' 'Friend Or Foe,' and 'HIV Delivers a Punch to the Guts,' published in New Scientist: a set of articles that investigated important questions in key areas of current biomedical research, including stem cell and bioterror research.