I have an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Journalism degree from the University of Western Ontario. I am currently a fellow at Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University. I have held that position since 2011.
I have been awarded three year-long fellowships: the Southam Fellowship at Massey College at the University of Toronto in 1986-87; the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT and Harvard in 1996-1997, and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy in 2006. This award is a collaborative project of the Atkinson Foundation, the Honderich Family and Toronto Star. The focus of my fellowship was a series of articles on how climate change is reshaping the Arctic.
Since 2009, I have been a contributing writer for Yale Environment 360, an international online journal offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people. Yale 360 is published by Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. To view my articles, go to: http://e360.yale.edu/authors/ed-struzik
I have also worked on and have been featured in a number of documentary film projects such as National Geographic's The Last Ice (2020 release) https://films.nationalgeographic.com/the-last-ice
From the fall of 2015 to December 2018 I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a citizens' organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well-being of northern Canada and its peoples. CARC has been a major voice on Arctic issues for the past 40 years.
I have written six books, four of them on the Arctic. Future Arctic, Fields Notes From A World on the Edge was published by Island Press in Washington D.C. in 2015. I have also contributed chapters to several other books. Firestorm, How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future was published by Island Press two years later. Two of the most recent are: Reflections of Canada, Illuminating Our Opportunities and Challenges at 150 years, (Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, 2017) and It’s All Happening So Fast, which was published in 2017 by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
I have played the role of advisor for the World Wildlife Fund of Canada’s Arctic Program. I was a member of one of the selection committees for the International Polar Year conference that was held in Montreal in 2012. The IPY From Knowledge to Action Conference was one of the largest and most important scientific conferences for polar science and climate change, impacts and adaptation. Keynote presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and workshops involved hundreds of scientists from around the world.
My long list of awards includes the U.S.-based Grantham Prize for environmental writing, the Michener Deacon Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, which goes to one person each year who has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of science in Canada.
My articles on the Arctic have appeared in journals such as Foreign Policy Review, Arctic, Conservation Biology, The World Policy Institute’s Arctic-in-Context and Conservation Biology, and in newspapers and magazines such as the Los Angeles Times and Scientific American.
The list of invited talks is a long one and includes, in the past two years, keynote presentations to the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Conference Board of Canada, The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, the Insurance Board of Canada, The U.S. Forest Service Northeast Compact, The Wildfire Summit in Sacramento, and The Los Angeles Times book festival.
For more about my last book, go to an interview the New York Times did with me: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/world/canada/extreme-fires-canada-letter.html
Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, Grantham Prize, U.S. Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, Michener Deacon Fellowship in Public Policy, South Fellowship, Massy College, University of Toronto