Name That Butterfly

Name That Butterfly

On a horribly hot July day in 2010, I followed along as a small band of citizen scientists explored several public gardens near Washington, DC. Their quarry? Butterflies. These volunteers — and thousands more like them across the United States — were...
We’re Not in Zone 6 Anymore

We’re Not in Zone 6 Anymore

What will climate change mean for our gardens? This is the question I sought to answer in Organic Gardening’s August / September 2010 issue. Read an excerpt here: Most gardeners would find it difficult to complain about early springs or tomatoes before July....
Changing Climate, Shifting Forests

Changing Climate, Shifting Forests

From California’s redwoods to New Hampshire’s sugar maple forests, climate change will impact forest habitats across North America. In this piece for American Forests Magazine, I explore the changes that may be coming for some of our most iconic forests...
Virginia’s Changing Coasts

Virginia’s Changing Coasts

It is no surprise that the coastline around New Orleans is America’s most threatened — Hurricane Katrina revealed New Orleans’ vulnerabilities all too well. But, many readers will be surprised to learn that America’s second-most-threatened...
Finding the Silver Lining

Finding the Silver Lining

Clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats. They are also one of the rarest. In this cover story for Smithsonian Zoogoer, I explore the challenges facing clouded leopards today and their hope for the future. Read the entire article online, or view a quick...
Stalking Morels

Stalking Morels

Morel mushrooms enjoy an almost cult-like following. The seasonal mushrooms are generally only available for a few weeks in the spring. They are incredibly difficult to see. And, they taste like a slice of the forest: earthy, rich and delicious. So, it’s no...