Florence is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones, High Country News, O-Oprah, W., Bicycling and numerous other publications. A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science.
Her first book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton 2012) received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times.
While at the Mesa Refuge, she worked on her newest book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative (W.W. Norton & Co 2017), that examines the environment’s influence on our brains, specifically how nature’s green spaces influence our attention networks and nervous systems.