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BOOK SIGNING: I’ll be signing copies of My Backyard Jungle here in Columbia on November 24 from 2-4, at the Barnes and Noble in the Richland Mall, as part of an event to benefit the Imagination Library.

READING: I’ll be giving a talk about bio inspired swarm robots at this year’s Society for Literature, Science and the Arts conference in Tempe, AZ on November 11, 2017.

READING: I’ll be sharing gardening ideas at the South Carolina Midlands Master Gardener Symposium on September 3, 2015 in the Columbia Conference Center. The theme of this all-day event is gardening in your own backyard, which sounds promising.

READING: I’ll be talking about wildlife gardening at the South Carolina Bluebird Society’s Symposium on October 3, 2015 in Aiken, South Carolina.

READING: I’ll be talking about “Gardening for Climate Change” at Fernwood Botanic Garden’s Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 22, 2015. The topic for the all-day event is “Plant Driven Design,” which should be fascinating! Fernwood is on the eastern side of Lake Michigan, about 1.5 hours from Chicago.

READING: I’ll be reading new work at the All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community Conference at UC Davis on November 17th at 8:30.

READING: In October, I’ll be heading to Portland State University in Portland, Oregon to give an evening reading. My Backyard Jungle was chosen as the summer first-year reading experience for the Urban Honors College.

READING: I’ll be talking about “Saving Nature” with author Ben Montgomery at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia on Sunday, August 31, at Noon in the City Hall.

READING AND SLIDE SHOW: I’ll be offering stories of urban wildlife both near and far at the Aiken Public Library in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday, January 25, at 3 PM.

READING AND SLIDE SHOW: I’ll be talking about close encounters with marmosets, coatis, cardinals and squirrels at the Kiawah Island Town Hall, Kiawah, South Carolina, on Friday, November 1st at 2 PM. The event is sponsored by the Kiawah Island Conservancy.

READING: Check out “Nature Speaks,” our panel of nature writers at the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia on Saturday, May 18 at 12 PM, moderated by NPR personality and USC professor Rudy Mancke.

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My Op Ed piece in the Sunday Review section of The New York Times, about learning to garden in a time of climate change:


In studio interview with Marty Moss-Coane for WHYY Philadelphia NPR program Radio Times:

A radio conversation about the book with Massachusetts NPR program Inquiry with Mark Lynch,

Up early for a radio interview with comedian/host Bill Leff on WGN Chicago: The Bill Leff Show,

A radio conversation on the challenge of living with urban wildlife with host John Dankosky on Connecticut WNPR program Where We Live.



An excerpt from the chapter on tamarins near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil appears in an issue of Conservation, along with several articles on urban wildlife:

An excerpt of My Backyard Jungle appears in The Atlantic (online),

IMG_1394 (1)An excerpt of My Backyard Jungle appears in National Geographic (online),

“Life in the Exurbs,” an essay about the struggle to live without the automobile in a small rural town, published in the online journal Places.

Runner-up for Jasper magazine’s Artist of the Year. A nice photo of my work gloves in here:

In-flight entertainment anyone? A review of the book appears in American Way, “Where the Wild Things Are,”

A nice feature on the book, including an interview in my backyard (with photos of me looking rustic) in The State: “USC Professor Studies the Collision of Nature and Man, Starting in his Own Backyard,” /2013/05/16/2772749/usc-professor-studies-the-collision.html.

Places (online) publishes an excerpt of the book:

“The Vernacular of Disaster,” my essay about natural disasters as elements of bioregional identity, appears in Places.