I am interested in all aspects of natural history, especially plants and the insects that feed on them. I also enjoy field research on animal behavior, walking in the wilderness, bird watching and snorkeling. Some of my entomological research has involved long hours of observation in the field, and that is reflected in research publications as well as in some nonfiction stories. Currently I am working on a survey of plants in a mountain range in southern Arizona, in writing children’s books about nature, and in observational studies of caterpillars that sequester toxic alkaloids from plants. I use observations of nature extensively in my writing of both essays and poems.
For the past several years I have been working with Dr. Margaret Kidwell on a survey of the flora in the Empire Mountains in Southern Arizona. Each species has been collected and pressed, and I have photographed the flowers, fruit and foliage at different magnifications, including detailed close-ups of all flowers. Images have been obtained at different times of year to include flora with different phenologies. The data are to be linked to various plant identification websites.
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