Naturalist

I am a self-taught naturalist, an avid observer of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, fish, plants, rocks, fossils, and the cosmos. Scientific and creative nature books and field guides have taught me to identify and understand species, ecosystems, and the planet.

I have camped in more than 60 wild places in Colorado, boated up the Rio Negro in Brazil, hiked the Swiss Alps, gone on safari in Zambia, and snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef. But my daily intimacy with nature is while living on the edge of open space in Boulder, CO, among old cottonwoods, bears, rattlesnakes, and turkey vultures.

I am particularly interested in the place of humans in nature, and nature in humans.

Qualifications

  • Member and symposium attendee, Boulder County Nature Association, 2019–ongoing
  • Member, National Association for Interpretation, 2019–ongoing
  • Nature writing workshop participant with Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk, 2019
  • Field research volunteer, Denver Museum of Nature and Science Earth Sciences Department 2018–ongoing
  • Nature camp instructor, Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado, 2018
  • Wilderness First Aid certification, 2018
  • Nature restoration crew leader and board member, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, 2015–ongoing
  • Amateur astronomy website product manager, SkyandTelescope.com, 2000–2002

Favorite nature books

  • The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams
  • Encounters with the Archdruid, by John McPhee
  • Peaks, Plateaus and Plains: The Ecology of Colorado, by Allen Crockett
  • In Beaver World, by Enos Mills
  • Dirt: a Love Story, edited by Barbara Richardson
  • North American Mammals, by Roger Caras
  • The Song of the Dodo, by David Quammen
  • A Neotropical Companion, by John Kricher
  • Wilderness Management, by Hendee and Dawson
  • Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin
  • The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
  • Do Elephants Have Knees?, by Charles Ault
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan