• Osa Peninsula

    Osa Peninsula

    May 14, 2016 Neotropics
    Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula is a wild gem of protected lowland forest, teeming with life. What can it offer the rest of the world?
  • Tambopata River

    Tambopata River

    June 25, 2015 Neotropics
    Notes on perception through the lens of synesthesia, and the value of global biodiversity, from one of its prime hotspots in the Peruvian rainforest.
  • Blackwater Forests in the Amazon

    Flooded Blackwater Forest

    March 22, 2012 Neotropics
    Exploring the blackwater lakes of Eastern Ecuador, with notes on Amazon diversity and adaptation.
  • Quito, Ecuador

    Quito and the Cargo Cults in the Sky

    December 15, 2010 Neotropics
    Notes on the joy of travel and the strange, modern cargo cults of the airways.
  • Sylph Hummingbirds in Ecuador

    The Sylph in the Forest

    January 14, 2011 Neotropics
    Notes on the ethereal denizens of th Eastern slope of the Andes as well as the importance of the diverse habitats of the Andean slopes.
  • Guacamayos Ridge Trail

    Guacamayos Ridge Trail

    February 21, 2011 Neotropics
    An exquisite adventure along the Guacamayos Ridge Trail in the Ecuadorian Andes.

The Wonder of Evolution

Photographing Biodiversity

The living photographic subjects of the Neotropics are boundless and virtually untapped. In Notes from the Road, I take you beyond the monkeys and sloths and show you flora and fauna that have only rarely been captured by a camera. For example, in El Valle, I take the first ever photograph of a majestic skipper butterfly.
See a Stunning Creon Skipper

The Case for Nature Corridors

The global discussion about the need for larger protected conservation areas is alive in the Neotropics. I write about active efforts to connect existing national parks in Costa Rica and Panama.
Read about Nature Corridors in the Osa Peninsula

Fighting Antiscience

Latin America is much more than its lavish rainforests and wetlands, but for me, these dense wildernesses are a way to observe in person some of the great ecological issues of our day. For example, I use my experience in Panama to make a case against teaching intelligent design in the classrooms.
Read my Letters from the Canopy