In writing a book about my adventures exploring the geologic legacy of Darwin and FitzRoy, several writers have influenced me greatly. I’d like to acknowledge them here. Despite my admiration for them, of course none are responsible for my shortcomings! 

Shari Caudron, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, and Greg Campbell, all of whom I met through the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver helped me to find my voice, and beat on me about what it takes to make an engaging book, all the while being super supportive. Click on any of these names to learn more!

David Quammen
David Quammen is perhaps the best science writer working in the U.S. today. He has a remarkable ability to make some pretty abstruse stuff fascinating and easy to understand. His The Song of the Dodo,The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, Spillover, and most recently, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, are all wonderful examples of how to write about science for a wide audience.

Tony Horwitz
Tony Horwitz combines history and travelogue to build insights into characteristics of our diverse society of today, exploring the roots of racial, ethnic, and social conflict. Books include Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes, One For the Road, Baghdad Without a Map, A Journey Long and Strange, and Midnight Rising.

Shari Caudron
Shari’s work appears frequently in magazines, especially 5280. For a light-hearted look at how crazy we all are, take a look at Who Are You People?

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher
Harrison has won several awards for his awesomely evocative and insightful writing. He is a master of memoir. Check out Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life.

Greg Campbell
Greg is drawn to risk and conflict. He does a masterful job of taking the reader along with him, showing how narrative nonfiction can be every bit as as exciting as fiction. See especially The Road to Kosovo, Blood Diamonds, Flawless, and Pot, Inc.