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  • My newest book about Seattle
    17 walks weave together human and natural history to provide a more nuanced, complex, and fascinating story of Seattle and its amazing landscape. Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. Published in March 2017. More...

I write about natural history, primarily focusing on geology and how it impacts our lives in myriad ways, from earthquakes to the stone we use in buildings to the hills that make riding a bike more challenging. I write about geology because it is such a fascinating and cool subject, whether out on the trail or in your own backyard.

My new book, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, will be published in March. The 17 walks explore history, architecture, curious features, plants, and geology, plus they pass near two underground, radiation-resistant bunkers. I like to think the walks will appeal to newcomers and long time residents.

Although geology is my primary subject, I also have a deep passion for all areas of natural history. My essays have ranged from exploring the ecological recovery at Mount St. Helens to a journey to find salmon in Seattle to a personal essay about seeing and holding first editions of On The Origin of Species.

In exploring the geology, plants, and animals of the world around us, I hope that my books, blogs and articles will encourage people to look more carefully at the natural world around them and to go outside and investigate. More…