I've always been in love with wild Things.
As a kid, I spent a lot of time flipping over logs, watching wildlife and going for long rambles in the woods. Every urban creek was a jungle to be explored, every lizard and bird an object of the deepest fascination. When I couldn't be outside, I was reading about distant ecosystems and the men and women who devoted their life to studying them. The natural world is a web of subjects and connections, and I'll never get tired of exploring it.
The stories in this collection explore a world changing at unprecedented speed. Some are warnings from the burning frontiers, where climate change, habitat destruction, and commerce are taking a heavy toll. Some are tales of adaptation and survival. And some are simple odes to the thrill of discovery.
THe dead still have much to teach us
A visit to a Texas dig with famed paleontologist Robert Bakker, two museum curators, and fossils of a very distant relative.
Oxford American September 2015
Southern expeditions, fraudulent sea serpents, the romance of the perfect skeleton, and the most complete mosasaur that nobody knows exists.
An ankylosaur fossil with fish in its belly provides ancient evidence that herbivore diets are more flexible than they’re assumed to be.
When it comes to showing off, size matters a lot more than you might think.
Unpacking the long, one-sided romance between capitalism, industry titans and extinct animal-based philanthropy.
FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL
Living on earth
A small town in East Texas celebrates the recovery of a local carnivore--by eating it.
Campuses rally for endangered tigers and other species embodied by their team mascots. But do the campaigns really further the cause of conservation?
The Texas Hill Country plays host to an incredible number and diversity of bats. But can they survive in a human-engineered world?
There's a war on feral hogs in Texas, fought with guns, traps, and possibly with poison. The hogs are winning.
After an extraordinary chain of narrow escapes, one of the world's smallest frogs is still kicking in Hong Kong.
Lauren McGough became a falconer as a teenager. Now her compassionate training with Miles, a troubled Golden Eagle, has given him a new life.
Before 1997, the Chupacabra didn't exist. These days? It's everywhere.
Mountain-top removal and surface mines have decimated Appalachian ecosystems. So why is one rare salamander sticking around?
THE WORLD THAT'S COMING
Turn and face the strange
Temperature records pulled from ancient corals suggest that the climate cycles of El Niño are getting worse.
Mangroves are on the rise in parts of Florida. That's not neccesarily a good thing.
As an epic drought has scientists racing to predict the future of Big Bend's unique sky islands, a report from the ground.
A new atlas of Texas ecology reveals how thoroughly humans have woven ourselves into the geography of the state, for good and for ill.