Bachelor, Duke University, 1945. Postgraduate, University Paris, 1948. Postgraduate, University Colorado, 1950.
Editor, Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation, New York City, 1945-1947; information writer, U. Colorado Extension, Denver, 1949-1951; editor, freelance writer, Tufty Associations, Washington, since 1948; science writer, Science Svc., Washington, 1948-1972; science writer, National Academy Science, Washington, 1970-1972; science writer, editor, National Science Foundation, Washington, 1972-1984; conservation editor, Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, Maryland., since 1984. Author: 1,001 Questions Land Disasters, 1969, 2d edition 1978, 1,001 Questions - Storms, 1970, 2d edition 1986, Cells Units of Life, 1973. Contributor articles to professional journals.
Member National Association Science Writers, Washington Indiana Writers, Society Environmental Journalists, Nature Conservancy, Lower Cacapon River Committee (board directors, president), Friends of Earth.
Married Harold Guilford Tufty, December 29, 1948. Children: Christopher, Karen, Steven.