I think of myself as a citizen of New England. Most of my writing is about the places and people of this varied region (my latest book, though, involves a foray into the Midwest). I’ve written about the farm-to-table movement, the craft beer phenomenon, street music, medical research, ecological lawn care, conservation biology, and land-use history. Fishing, rivers, travel, bird watching, and heritage tourism have been frequent themes.
I grew up exploring the saltwater bays, marshes, and rivers of coastal Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, and then in my teens and twenties spent summers working in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and an M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Writing has progressed from a sideline of my work as a professional land conservationist and natural science educator to a full time occupation. Previously, I was the executive director of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Upper Valley Land Trust, and co-director of the Norman Bird Sanctuary and the non-profit COVER Home Repair. I have also served as communication director for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, as chair of the Vermont River Conservancy, and as a board member of Vermont Audubon.
In addition to many articles and interest pieces in diverse publications across New England, I am the author of two books, Sippewissett: Or, Life on a Salt Marsh (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006) and Lost in the Driftless: Trout Fishing on the Cultural Divide (Crooked River Press, 2017). You can find more information about my books and read selected articles in the tabs above, and check out my current world wanderings, discoveries, and interests on the blog. For anything else, including permissions to reprint, please visit my Contact page.
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