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Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) observed while hiking out of Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica.

“To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country- or sea-side stroll is a walk through a gallery with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall.” Thomas Huxley

It is impossible to appreciate our natural landscapes without an understanding of natural history. In addition, applied conservation research is of little use without a galvanized public interested in incorporating findings into management and policy.

Most of the outreach I do is on behalf of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, my 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

Online Outreach


My first book, Secrets of Snakes: The Science Beyond The Myths, was published by Texas A&M University Press and is now available!


I am always looking to form new collaborations to communicate science in novel ways. For example, check out this post on Buzz Hoot Roar communicating the ecosystem services provided by snakes (artwork by Brooke Hatfield) or these comics communicating cottonmouth myths and what to do when you find a turtle on the road (artwork by Rosemary Mosco of Bird and Moon Comics).

I have also worked with Blue Aster Studio to produce graphics to accompany my interactions with the general public, particularly identification requests.

Educational Materials

I have produced numerous educational materials to help others appreciate their local natural history and resolve backyard conflicts with wildlife. For example, over 50,000 copies of my brochure on minimizing conflict with venomous snakes have been distributed throughout the southeastern United States and you can find these amphibian and reptile checklists of Alabama National Forests in at their visitor centers.