Growing Swirling Clouds, a science fiction story

You know the concept of a generation ship? It’s the idea that if we can’t travel faster than the speed of light, we’ll need to build huge ships…

Surface Tension, a short story about what a crush becomes

My first  published work of literary fiction is now available for your reading enjoyment in the journal JMWW. Inspired by experiences as a barista in college, Surface Tension explores the…

Down to Earth With: Geologist and paleontologist David Wilcots

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with geologist/paleontologist David Wilcots for a profile in EARTH Magazine. Here’s a preview: When David Wilcots was 4 years old, his parents took him to…

Down to Earth With: Paleontologist Ali Nabavizadeh

Ali Nabavizadeh is a paleontologist and anatomist at Rowan University. I had the immense pleasure of interviewing him for EARTH Magazine’s “Down to Earth” series. A perfect day…

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…