high-steepToo High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography

Published in September 2015. This award-winning book explores how we shaped the city through projects such as filling in the Duwamish tideflats, rejiggering Lake Washington, and regrading Denny Hill.

Seattle walks: Discovering History and nature in the city

A best seller at Elliott Bay Books for six months in a row, Seattle Walks includes 17 walks around the Emerald City, that I like to think will appeal to newcomers and long time residents. They are also fun, says my mom.

Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

Co-written with HistoryLink historian Jennifer Ott, Waterway is the first in-depth, illustrated history of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Published in June 2017 and timed to commemorate the centennial of the opening of the locks in 1917.

cairnsCairns: Messengers in Stone

For thousands of years, people have fashioned piles of stones to delineate trails, honor ancestors, and mark territory. In doing so they have sought not only to connect to place but to communicate and share timeless messages.

stories_in_stone_coverStories in Stone

Ranging from coast to coast and from 3.5-billion-years ago to the present, I explore how we use stone as a building material. The chapters weave history, geology, and architecture to provide a new way to look at the urban landscape.

ssn_coverSeattle Street-Smart Naturalist

A dozen essays address the geology, plants, and animals of Seattle. Nature is in our yards, under our feet, and on the walls of our buildings, if we take the time to look and wonder.

canyon_countryA Naturalist’s Guide to Canyon Country

A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated trailside reference to plants, animals, and geology of the Colorado Plateau, home to nine national parks and monuments.

white_rimA Naturalist’s Guide to the White Rim Trail

A handy little guide to the natural stuff you might encounter on one of the meccas of mountain biking. More…