Elizabeth Royte is the author, most recently, of Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It. Her previous books–Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest–were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year in 2005 and 2001. Her writing on science and the environment appears in Harper’s, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, and other national publications. Royte is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and a contributing editor at Smithsonian, OnEarth, and the Food and Environment Reporting Network. Her work is included in The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Essays (multiple years); The Dirt: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Food and Farming; the environmental omnibus Naked, and Outside Magazine’s Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison. A former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and recipient of Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service, Royte lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.