Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Students are using images of Earth taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station for research projects. Read more about it here.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The family-run Jacoby's Cafe in Melvin, Texas now has a brother in Austin, Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile. Comfort food, happy hour, and a view of the Colorado River. Read more here.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
An investigation headed to the International Space Station will learn more about the cells of our immune systems, helping keep astronauts healthier - and folks on Earth, too. Read more here.
Monday, November 24, 2014
US Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officials are investigating the shooting of an endangered wolf, an alpha female, in Washington state. Conservation groups have offered $15,000 in reward money for tips leading to catching the perp. Read more in Men's Journal online.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Many travelers call Semuc Champey, tranquil pools above a raging river in the wilds of Guatemala, the most beautiful place in the country. Definitely worth the difficult journey to get there. Read more here.
Credit: Holley Gaskill
Credit: Holley Gaskill
Thursday, October 30, 2014
We can have both, but striking that balance won't be easy. Read my article in UTLaw Magazine about the challenges to air quality and endangered species from increased production. Beautiful illustrations by Pam Wishbow, too.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I went out to Hyatt Lost Pines for last year's Christmas Bird Count and related activities. Here's the story in Texas Co-op Power Magazine so you can plan to participate in one of this year's Texas events. It's fun and contributes to conservation science.
I signed copies of A Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles at the Texas Book Festival today, and will be back in the TAMU Press tent tomorrow from 1-3 to do the same. Interesting observation: almost all the young girls (middle school age) that passed through the tent today were drawn to the cover.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Incredible diving, wildlife watching, scenery, wine, and more - ten of the many reasons to visit South Africa, my piece for Sport Diver magazine.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Just outside Fort Davis, this place offers nice hiking, interesting geology, wildlife-watching, and beautiful scenery and can be enjoyed year round. I wrote about my latest visit for Texas Highways. Read more here.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Four guys in Guatemala will climb 37 volcanoes in 27 days starting Dec 31, raising money for four different charities in the country. Read how you can help, or even participate, in my story on Men's Journal online.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Scientists need help classifying high-definition images of Earth at night taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Information in the photos could help save energy (and stargazing!), contribute to better human health and safety and improve our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. Find out more in my article on the NASA website.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Celebrate the spiny lobster mini-season in Florida at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea's BugFest. Divers can collect up to 12 lobsters per day and compete for prizes, plus enjoy other dive-related events. Read more in my piece for Men's Journal online.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Big Bend National Park is one of my favorite places in the world - big, wild, and beautiful. Its next-door neighbor, Big Bend Ranch State Park, is all of that and even less -- less crowded, that is. Read more in my piece for Men's Journal.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Or at least their research. Through the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, dozens of middle and high school students have experiments on the International Space Station. Read about the latest set of experiments selected for flight in my piece for the NASA website.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
An in-depth study of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico seeks to settle a long-running debate about these structures -- do they increase marine life or merely concentrate it? Read more about it in my piece for the June issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Scientists debate whether to intervene as the wolf population in Isle Royale National Park declines and moose numbers rise. Read more in my piece for Men's Journal online.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Research on the International Space Station contributed to development of a medical testing device that could save lives in remote parts of the planet. Read my article about it on the NASA website.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Continuing on the art and nature theme, you can pick up a painting by a penguin as a souvenir of Moody Gardens. The penguins enjoy painting. Read more about it in this piece from the latest issue of Texas Highways.
Based on discussion at the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit, I wrote this piece about the importance of using science to guide post-BP oil spill restoration efforts.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
An official border crossing has re-opened between Big Bend National Park and Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico. It's an easy trip across the river for a day of fun and relaxation, and you'll be boosting the local economy as well. Read more in my piece for the Men's Journal website.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
A collared male wolf known as OR7 traveled more than 1,200 miles across Oregon and into California before settling down. Now a group of outdoor adventurers, educators, and filmakers are going to retrace his steps. Find out how to follow along in my piece for Men's Journal.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Sea turtle conservation projects around the planet rely on volunteers and travelers for support. You can have an incredible experience and help save an endangered species as well! This guide, which I wrote with sea turtle expert Wallace J. Nichols and eco-travel expert Brad Nahill, will help you find responsible, sustainable projects to visit. Available soon from TAMU Press. (More info on amazon)
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Former Corpus Christi Caller-Times publisher Ed Harte was instrumental in the establishment of Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island State Park, and founded the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Read more about him in my piece for Texas Co-op Power Magazine.