Rodrigo Pérez Ortega
Science, health and environmental journalist
I’m an award-winning, bilingual science journalist based in Washington, DC. I'm currently a reporter at Science magazine.
My work has been published both in English and Spanish, in Nature, The New York Times, Science News, Knowable, The Open Notebook, Animal Político and Medscape en Español, among others.
Science — June 30, 2020
Deep in Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, the turquoise-blue pools of Cuatro Ciénegas host ancient microbes and provide a "window into early Earth." But this "lost world" has been endangered since the 1970s. The intensive drainage of the precious water to grow alfalfa—a water-intensive crop—for cattle fodder is gradually drying the improbable oasis.