I am an American biologist slowly morphing into a science-nature-adventure writer. I am ultimately interested in man’s relationships with the natural world, and I mainly write about wildlife research and conservation, the environment, and travel to wild (and some not-so-wild) places.

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April 14, 2014
Hope for Big Life in East Africa – new story

My latest story has just been published. “Hope for Big Life in East Africa” is a feature in The Collection, a new Scandinavian magazine. I write about the art and conservation work of Nick Brandt. Here is the pdf: The_Collection_Magazine_Nick_Brandt_SMD You can see more of Nick Brandt’s work here. And you can learn more about Big […]

The kitirua pride of lions on the edge of Amboseli National Park. Note the radio collar on the adult female, whose name is Willy.
February 4, 2014
Can mock hunts help save lions’ lives?

My latest feature has been published by Ensia magazine. I write about innovative conservation tools being used by the Lion Guardians team near Amboseli National Park in Kenya. You can read the story here.  And here are some photos that did not make it into the story…                   […]

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March 6, 2013
Conserving large carnivores: Dollars and fence

My guest blog post on lion conservation is up at Scientific American! I write about how data I collected in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in 2005 were combined with lion count data from more than 40 other sites on the continent to test hypotheses about management options and conditions affect lions. The data were […]

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February 8, 2013
Spotted hyenas finally visit!

After a year of camera-trapping we finally ‘captured’ a couple of hyenas! Two spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) made their way across the plot to the fence hole at 4AM on Monday morning! Being a hyena-ologist, I actually leapt from my seat with joy when I downloaded these photos from the camera trap. Have a look […]

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January 23, 2013
A visit from the bushpig

A new species ventured through the fence hole last week: the bushpig, Potamochoerus larvatus. Here is a video, composed of the still images taken by my motion-activated Reconyx camera trap: We have had warthogs on our plot since the day we moved in, and I have hundereds of photos of these portly suburban pigs coming and […]

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