Down to Earth With: Paleontologist Lisa D. White

Written for EARTH Magazine’s “Down to Earth” series of geoscientist profiles. As a college student at San Francisco State University, Lisa D. White’s first choice of major was…

The Dinosaur Garden of the Gobi

In June 2016, the tourism board of Dalanzadgad, a small city in the Mongolian Gobi, opened a new dinosaur theme park on the outskirts of town. It was…

Picture a paleontologist. What do they look like?

Inspired by a conversation with paleontologist Ali Nabavizadeh, I decided to do a photoshoot at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. (Vertebrate paleontologists study prehistoric…

Saving Mongolia’s dinosaurs and inspiring the next generation of paleontologists

The bones were too yellow, too translucent, and the skeleton had no hands. I could tell the skeleton wasn’t a dinosaur, but the illusion was enough to bring…

Open letter to the tech bro who spat at me, from that pigeon eating a noodle on Market Street

It was a regular Thursday afternoon, and the south sidewalk of Mid-Market near Chai Cafe was busy as usual. I, like many San Franciscans on any given day…

Exploration, Creativity, and Mindless Slaughter

The Futurist Naturalist is largely dedicated to my nature photography. I’m a writer, too, but I only started writing posts like Birds of Baltimore and A Good Point Reyes as…

The Digital Quarry Project

If there is any place in the world that comes close to being the real Jurassic Park, it’s the wall of bones known as Carnegie Quarry at Dinosaur…

For Mongolia, the Future Rides In On Dinosaurs

Light fades across the desert landscape as I wait outside the visitors center at Dinosaur National Monument, where I’m volunteering for the summer. I busy myself with a…

The Most Patriotic Small Road Trip in America

Half my life ago I left Gallup, New Mexico, a small town one day’s drive south of Dinosaur National Monument. Fourth of July weekend was my chance to…

The Saga of the Princebird

The employee housing area at Dinosaur National Monument is filled, perhaps unsurprisingly, with dinosaurs. Feathered theropods from vultures to swallows have been spotted here. Many species maintain summer…