[Editor’s note: In April 2021 I undertook a large scale reorganization of this blog. As time allows over the next few months I will be revising the format and reposting hundreds of Taking Bearing columns and related posts. If you recall a specific entry or are following a broken link to an entry, contact me at  kleelerner at alumni.harvard.edu and I will do my best to provide you with a copy. Cheers, Lee]

“K. Lee Lerner is an author, editor, and producer of science and factual media. His expansive writing on science, climate change disasters, disease, and a range of global issues has earned multiple book and media awards, including works named Outstanding Academic Titles. An aviator and sailor, Lerner’s dossier of experience, including two global circumnavigations and portfolio of work in challenging and dangerous environments, reveal a visceral drive to explore all facets of the human experience and intellectual enterprise. With a public intellectual’s broad palate, Lerner accessibly examines complex issues with evidence-based analysis. He has served as contributing editor and/or advisor to more than 40 books and dozens of media projects , including four editions of the Gale Encyclopedia of Science and the Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security, and is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. — Harvard Alumni Association bio

“Recognized for his use of language, accuracy, and balanced presentation, K. Lee Lerner‘s portfolio covering science and global issues has garnered respected writing, book and media awards, including books on climate changeinfectious diseases, and biotechnology named as Outstanding Academic Titles.  Lerner’s experience, stories, and photos span every continent. In addition to working in areas undergoing civil instability, recovering from natural disasters, or suffering disease outbreaks, Lerner has also completed two global circumnavigations. His Academia site consistently ranks among those most frequently accessed by students, scholars, and decision makers from around the world.”— National Press Club bio

Lerner is a member of the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Club of Boston, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (Paris 2011), the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Lerner is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline academic honor society. His fiction writing is published under a nom de plume.” — Scholars at Harvard bio


This is my personal blog about things of interest to me both as author, editor, scientist, and scholar. Unless otherwise attributed, the  views expressed are mine.  Additional biographical information and samples of my work may be found at Scholars at Harvard,  Academia, and I am on Facebook as Lee Lerner  where I maintain publicly accessible albums containing selected professional and personal photos.

My personal interests include flying; sailing Gulf waters from Mobile Bay to Pensacola Bay aboard Bella (she also serves as an alternate study and place to write when I am in residence at a family home on the Gulf Coast); quail hunting in Texas; fly fishing in Vermont, North Carolina, and Colorado; alpine night skiing; road cycling (I have cycled thousands of kilometers near Girona, across Provence — including Mont Ventoux — and in the Po Valley of Italy); trying to keep up some Krav Maga skills rusting with age; and the occassional weekend indulgence required to keep road ready my  ’76 Triumph Spitfire (a love acquired in college that’s on “’till death do us part” footing) and vintage Triumph motorcycle. When not busy writing books, I like to read them.



Paris, France. December 2019