These places I’ve mentioned are only among the most cherished of many formative landscapes that build a sacred geography for me. Others include the palm hammocks and mangrove labyrinths of the Greater Everglades, the maritime ice and old-growth timber of the Olympic Mountains, the unfathomable sunlit, cloud-shadowed spaces of southern Utah.
I’m an independent naturalist/researcher whose interests include landscape ecology, geomorphology, ecosystem classification, wildlife movement, and historical ecology: fixations, really, which see me bushwhacking, scrambling, and scribbling as much as possible. Current projects include surveying/monitoring the snowfields of the Wallowas and a guidebook to the Blue Mountain Province’s terrain and ecological geography.
The backcountry’s my regular hangout, but I’m just as inspired by the land- and skyscapes—and the ecological realities—right outside my door. And, heck, I also like a good pub (ideally for a Green Bay Packers game), pedal-steel guitars and Malian music and the Rolling Stones, and eating unholy amounts of pasta, which hopefully I’m burning off in the mountains.