An award-winning freelance journalist, I focus on the environment, natural sciences, education, health and travel. My stories have appeared in more than 30 newspapers and magazines.
Despite crowds of city dwellers and tourists, little penguins are thriving in the rather unlikely surroundings of suburban Melbourne. Linda Vergnani visits the colony and speaks to Australian penguin experts.
Stranger than Fiction
A mammal that lays eggs and secretes venom, the peculiar platypus has been fascinating scientists since the 19th century but faces an uncertain future.
Will climate change destroy the value of your property?
Climate change may lessen or wipe out the value of the home you are interested in buying. The story describes a range of online tools that home buyers can use to assess the climate risks for a particular property, including sea level rise and bushfires.
In pursuit of an African queen
Linda Vergnani goes on safari in Botswana in search of the legendary leopard Legadema and her cubs.
The train that killed my brother
A long-form story on my search to find out how my brother landed on the railway tracks while commuting on Cape Town's dangerous, chaotic trains.
South Africa fine dining: From the seed to the plate
Two restored Cape farms with extraordinary food gardens are changing the culinary landscape, writes Linda Vergnani....
Super bug, super warrior / Monash Magazine
On a mission to stop the 'carnage' caused by bacterial superbugs, Professor Jian Li says 'My research can potentially save millions of people's lives and clinicians badly need the pharmacological information for their patients.'
Clear vision from the end of the Earth / Nature Research
Seismologist Martin Reyners is "quietly awed that 23 kilometres below him the Australian Plate is slowly colliding with the Pacific Plate, a process that could trigger an earthquake at any moment.
“It's a wonderful laboratory for studying tectonic processes,” says the researcher, of his Lower Hutt workplace, near Wellington in New Zealand.
The complex relationship between national security and nature / ABC Environment
The battle to preserve the environment, wildlife and biodiversity affects national security in a multitude of ways, according to speakers at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney.
Wonderland around Whitehorse / Luxury Travel
Exploring the wilderness around Whitehorse, Linda Vergnani travels by horse, canoe, quad bike and plane and encounters lots of bears.
Neurological conditions - web content for Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Researched and wrote 22,000 words of content on a range of neurological conditions for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance website.
Orchid inspirations / InDesign
Billowing out of the earth, the design of the new zero energy Visitors Centre at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver was inspired by the shape of an orchid.
Are home insurance calculators accurate?
It's estimated that 80% of property owners are underinsured, according to Campbell Fuller, a spokesperson for the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
In some cases property owners underinsure to save money on premiums, and in many cases they don't believe or fully understand the risks that the insurer assesses.
Here are some tips for creating accurate online calculations to make sure you get the right level of home insurance:
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Paradise found / Sydney Alumni Magazine
One Tree Island is a perfect natural laboratory, but this Great Barrier Reef research station is under threat from climate change. The research station complex could disappear under the waves in decades. Linda Vergnani visits the research station and finds that shellfish are among the creatures in danger as the ocean acidifies.
World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans / ABC Environment
The once-a-decade World Parks Congress concluded in Sydney with a new target to reserve 30 per cent of the world's marine areas in parks where fishing and mining is banned.