Ecology + Justice + Culture in the American South

About Us

In the age of the Anthropocene, the American South faces vast and complex ecological challenges. This region stands to bear the brunt and lose the most from the effects of climate change. It is experiencing massive economic shifts as the nation shifts away from fossil fuels. It is the fastest urbanizing area of the U.S., but it is also home to some of the most economically distressed communities — a trend that is expected to continue. Southerners deserve a publication that covers the nuances of their environment, history, and communities without being condescending or stereotypical, without parachuting in from large metropolitan areas. The rest of the world deserves to know about the creative ways communities here are adapting to these changes, and how those in economic and political power are responding to either move the region forward or maintain the status quo.

Southerly is an independent, non-profit media organization that covers the intersection of ecology, justice, and culture in the American South. Through in-depth journalism and engagement in the communities we cover, we explore and analyze the relationship between Southern communities and their natural environments. By reporting on these issues in a well-rounded and accurate way, Southerly informs readers — whether they’re along the Atlantic coast, in the hollers of Appalachia, on Tennessee farmland, in the Mississippi Delta, or outside of the South — so that they can make informed decisions about our changing region.

We are fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources (IJNR), a 501(c)(3) organization that provides immersion training programs for environment and natural resource journalists.

Read our editorial independence policy and see a list of our donors.

Our Team

Lyndsey Gilpin
Founder + Editor-in-Chief

Lyndsey Gilpin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Southerly. Born and raised in Kentucky but now based in Durham, North Carolina, she is a reporter and editor who has covered climate change, energy, environmental justice all over the U.S. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Vice, The Daily Beast, CityLab, Undark, High Country News, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post, Hakai, The Atlantic, Grist, Outside, and InsideClimate News. She earned her master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Read more here.

Contact Lyndsey: lgilpin [at]


Carly Berlin
Gulf Coast Correspondent


Carly Berlin is Southerly’s Gulf Coast correspondent, covering the region from Texas to Florida. Originally from Atlanta, she now works as a freelance journalist, essayist, and educator in New Orleans. Carly’s work has appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Scalawag, Down East Magazine, The Guardian, and more. She has covered a range of issues, from labor rights to housing inequity to climate change. Read more of her work here, or follow her on Twitter.

Contact Carly: berlincarly [at]

Cameron Oglesby
Editorial Assistant

Cameron Oglesby is Southerly’s editorial assistant, working on social media, graphic design, and more. She is a multimedia communicator and proponent for diverse and creative avenues for environmental justice awareness and public conservation education. Cameron is a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and is an undergraduate at Duke University studying environmental science and policy, earth and ocean Science, and policy journalism and media studies. She is currently living in Midlothian, Virginia and has produced content for the Duke Chronicle, 9th Street Journal, and newsrooms in Queensland. She was also a Climate and Justice Storytelling Fellow for The Wilderness Society. More about Cameron here.