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I am a wildlife biologist and author working full time for the Wildlife Conservation Society as their Russia & Northeast Asia Coordinator, a task that includes owls, tigers, and migratory waterbirds across Asia.

My work takes from from the tundra of Alaska and northeast Russia to the coastal mudflats of Thailand and Cambodia. In addition, I am one of the world’s foremost experts on Blakiston’s fish owl.

I write a semi-regular blog for Scientific American called East of Siberia, and am a regular contributor to WCS WildView, a photo blog.

My other writings, scientific research, and photographs have been featured by the BBC World Service, the New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, The New Yorker, and Audubon Magazine, among others.

Recent Awards

2021: PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

2020: longlist, National Book Award for Nonfiction

2020: The Times (of London) Nature Book of the Year

2020: Multiple “Best Books of 2020” lists, including New York Times, NPR, Smithsonian, etc.

2020: Early Career Alumni Award, University of Minnesota

2017: Special Achievement Award, International Festival of Owls

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