I write magazine pieces about topics pertaining to science, the natural world, travel and adventure. Contributor to Men's Journal, NewYorker.com, Departures and others.
Five years ago, George Heimpel, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota, travelled to Trinidad in search of insect larvae. He was after several kinds in particular—Philornis downsi, a fly whose parasitic young feed on the hatchlings of tropical birds, and various minuscule wasp species whose own offspring feed on those of the fly.
The critically endangered Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) has many peculiar qualities, but perhaps the most intriguing one is its curiosity. For biologists conducting fieldwork in Zapata Swamp, Cuba’s largest wetland and the only place in the world where the species is found, this is a notable trait.
Fifteen seconds into the opening match of the 10th Manipur International Polo Tournament, after a long and feverish drumming performance, after the Manipur state chief minister had been properly honored with gifts and praise, after mounted players had paraded around the Mapal Kangjeibung polo ground with country flags held high, the home team scored on the Australians.
Traveling by yacht is, per passenger, one of the least ecological ways to travel. That could be about to change.
For the modern traveler, there are few modes of transportation as charming, extravagant, and polluting as a yacht. On the larger, super end—over 100 feet long—yachts can guzzle around 530 gallons of marine diesel in just one hour of traveling at 35 knots. That’s equivalent to six tons of carbon dioxide emissions per hour. So monstrous are the vessels’ environmental footprints that ...
When it comes to finding a trainer for Fido, beware of dog ... trainer.
The world of dog training can be a bit like the “wild west of professions,” where anyone can advertise being a trainer without necessarily having gone through proper education or licensing, said Jean Donaldson, director of California’s Academy for Dog Trainers.
When Matthew Trew, a Canadian raised in South Carolina, was twenty-two, he took a bus north-westward from Phnom Penh to Battambang. It was 2009 and, though Trew had never been to Cambodia, he had just finished a master’s program at the University of Toronto, where he learned Khmer. With paltry funds and no plans, he had bought a one-way air ticket; the important thing was being there. But he despised the dusty bustle of the capital and, on one of his first days in country, opted for a quick getaway.
Running is not writing, but writing is, in a metaphorical way, running. Both depend on distance: miles, pages. Putting feet to pavement or pen to page can both be slogs. It’s no surprise, then, that for several of our favorite authors, running is an essential part of the writing life.
White Settlers Wiped Thousands of Miles of Cherokee Trails Off the Map. This Man is Reclaiming Them – By Walking Each and Every One.
Lamar Marshall cannot make it over the log. It lays across a small creek somewhere in the Nantahala National Forest outside Cowee, western North Carolina, as a bridge.
Two years ago, when Nujeen Mustafa was sixteen, she left everything she had ever known to travel overland to Europe. Mustafa was one of nearly five million externally displaced refugees fleeing indiscriminate bombardment and humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s civil war. Unlike most of them, though, she is unable to walk. Mustafa was born with cerebral palsy.