Writings

Writing is a significant part of what I do. With a background in biology and environmental history, I am uniquely at home with deciphering and writing about the most complicated aspects of natural science for a general audience.

Below, you will find a small sample of articles on natural history that I have published. This is by no means a complete collection.

Terra Incognito. Wyoming Wildlife. October 2015

The ways in which animals utilize the Earth’s magnetic field to migrate across both continents and ocean basins is a scientific rabbit hole that researchers continue to uncover extraordinary aspects of. 

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The State of Predators. Coastal Review Online. August 21, 2015

A slew of shark attacks along the North Carolina coast sparked a national media feeding frenzy with wild accusations unburdened by the truth throughout the summer of 2015. One critical fact was left out of the conversation, the fact that nearly every species of great shark in the Atlantic is teetering on the edge of extinction right now causing a ripple effect throughout our coastal ecosystems that we have already begun to see. 

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Shifting Sands: The Nature of Island Migration. Wildlife in North Carolina. September 2010

Like all barrier islands on Earth, the Outer Banks that unfurl like a long ribbon of sand down the coast of North Carolina are marching westward. With the passing of each storm and the steady rise of sea levels, these barrier islands migrate in response to such powerful forces. 

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Visitors from the North. Wildlife in North Carolina. Nov / Dec 2012

Unknown to most, for a little more than a decade, each winter brings a scattered population of seals to the coast of North Carolina. Scientists are baffled as to what is driving this new trend. 

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A Whale of a Turtle. Wildlife in North Carolina. June 2011

In the world of oceanic reptiles, there are sea turtles, and then there are leatherback sea turtles. Wrapped in a blanket of superlatives such as: largest, deepest diving, farthest traveled,  strangest chemistry, and most endangered, this truly unique  prehistoric sea monster is making a comeback along the coast of North Carolina. 

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Animal Magnetism. Wildlife in North Carolina. Sept / Oct 2012

Migration is one of the greatest and least understood phenomenons in the world. New research however is beginning to shine light on how that animals the world over are able to tap into the Earth’s magnetic field as a natural GPS to help orient themselves as they cross entire ocean basins and traverse hemispheres. 

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