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2018. Specimens of Hair: the Curious Collection of Peter A Browne, New York: Blast Books.

2016. The Natural History of Edward Lear (foreword by David Attenborough), Boston: David R. Godine, 2016; London: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2016.

2013 co-editor (with Susan A. Kaplan) of North by Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration, Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society Press, 2013.

2012. A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science. (with Patricia Tyson Stroud). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2008. All in the Bones: A Biography of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. (with Valerie Bramwell). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences.

1990, 1992. Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America. London: B.B.C. Books (1990); New York: Summit Books (1992); Germany: Oststeinbek: Aluette Verlag (1992). [Named one of the ten most notable natural history/science books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.]

1987. Headhunters and Hummingbirds: An Expedition into Ecuador. New York: Walker and Co. [Selected by the Children's Book Council as one of the year’s 100 most notable children's books in the field of social studies.]

1982, 1983. A Celebration of Birds: The Life and Art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes, with an Introduction by Roger Tory Peterson. New York: Walker and Co. (1982); London: Collins (1983).

Chapters and Essays

2019. Foreword, Florida Explored: The Philadelphia Connection in Bartram’s Tracks, Thomas Peter Bennett, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.

2018. Chapter on T. R. Peale in: Naturalists in the Field, Arthur MacGregor ed., Leiden, Netherlands: Brill (publisher).         

2018. Essay “To the Ends of the Earth for Science” (about John Cleves Symmes’ Hollow Earth theory) in: American History, Art, and Culture, a special publication in honor of Johnathan Leo Fairbanks, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA.

2018. Foreword, The Family of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints by John Gould, Joel and Laura Oppenheimer eds., New York: Rizzoli.

2015. Essay in Object Lessons: The Visualization of Nineteenth-Century Life Sciences, George Loudon, ed., London: Ridinghouse

2014. Chapter in Of Green Leaf Bird and Flower – Artists Books and the Natural World, Elisabeth Fairman, ed., New Haven: Yale University Press.

2014. Chapter in J. Fenwick Lansdowne, Portland, OR: Pomegranate, 2014.

2012. Chapter in James Prosek, Ocean Fishes, New York: Rizzoli.

2012. Chapter on 18th and 19th century scientific publications. In: Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia, 1740-1840. Amy R. W. Meyers. (Ed.) New Haven: Yale University Press.

2010. “Introduction” In: The Collected Writings of William Bartram. Nancy Hoffman and Tom Hallock, (Eds.) Athens: University of Georgia Press.

2008. “The Leather Rope.” In: They Lived to Tell the Tale. Jan J. Russell. (Ed.) New York: The Explorers Club/Lyons Press. [This is a chapter on Siberian village life.]

2005. “Conservation comes to Alaska.” In: The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced: A Century of Change, 1899-2001. Thomas S. Litwin (Ed.) New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

2004. “John Gould and the Birds of Australia.” Hobart, Tasmania: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. [Exhibition catalog]

2004. “To acquire what knowledge you can.” In: Finding Lewis and Clark: Old Trails, New Directions. James P. Ronda and Nancy Tystad Koupal. (Eds.) Pierre, SD: South Dakota Historical Society Press. [Chapter on the scientific contributions of Lewis and Clark.]

2003. “Alcohol and Arsenic, Pepper and Pitch: Brief Histories of Perservation Techniques.” In: Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge: Natural History in North America, 1730-1860 Sue Ann Prince. (Ed.) Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. [Also published in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 93(4).]

2003. “Preserving Nature for Study and Display.” In: Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge: Natural History in North America, 1730-1860 Sue Ann Prince. (Ed.) Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. [Also published in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 93(4).]

2003. “Two Rooms: A Collectors' Vision.” In: Rosamond Purcell: Two Rooms. Santa Monica: Santa Monica Museum of Art. [Chapter on R. Purcell and Ole Worm’s 17th century museum collection.]

2002. “Louis Agassiz Fuertes.” In: As Told At The Explorers Club, Guilford, CT: Lyons Press.

2002. “Edward Lear, Natural History Illustrator.” in: A Passion for Natural History: The Life and Legacy of the 13th Earl of Derby Liverpool: the Liverpool Museum.

2002. “John and William Bartram.” In: Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, New York: Oxford University Press.

2001. “John James Audubon and The Birds of America.” In: The World From Here:Treasures from the Great Libraries of Los Angeles, Los Angeles: UCLA/Hammer Museum/Getty Publications. [Recipient of the Smith-Ravenel Prize, Am. Assoc. of Museums in 2002.]

2000. “Audubon and Bachman: A Collaboration in Science.” In: John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition. Sarah Boem. (Ed.) New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc..

2000. Essay In: How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear, Charles Lewsen. (Ed.) Bristol: British Oncology Centre.

1999. “The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.” In: The History of Science in the United States, Marc Rothenberg. (Ed.) New York: Garland Publishing.

1999. Entries In: American National Biography, John A. Garrety and Mark C. Carnes, Eds; American Council of Learned Societies/Oxford University Press.

1994. Chapter In: Shaping a National Culture: The Philadelphia Experience, 1750-1800, Katherine E. Hutchins. (Ed.) New York:A Winterthur Book, W.W. Norton & Co.

1994. “More Than Meets the Eye: The Ichnography of American Landscape Painting” In: Wildlife Art in America, Minneapolis: James Ford Bell Museum/University of Minnesota.

1991. “Introduction” In: John Cassin's Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America. Austin: Texas State Historical Association.

1993. “William Bartram and His Travels” In: Contributions to the History of North American Natural History, London: Society for the Bibliography of Natural History.

1983. “Books from the Bartram Library” In: Contributions to the History of North American Natural History. London: Society for the Bibliography of Natural History.

1980. “Introduction.” William Bartram's Travels. Salt Lake City, Utah: Peregrine Smith, Inc.

1974. Multiple essays In: Copies as Originals; Translations in Media and Techniques, Princeton: The Art Museum, Princeton University

1972. Graphics and Multiples from Gemini GEL. Princeton: The Art Museum, Princeton University. [Co-author for an exhibition catalog]


2018. "The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 162 no. 2 June 2018.

2018. “Birders’ Bookplates,” The Bookplate Journal, London, 2018

2017. “Glittering Gifts: Buttons and Medals in Exploration,” Journal for Maritime Research, Vol. 19:2, Greenwich: National Maritime Museum, Nov. 2017.

2017. “Tokens of Friendship, Tools of Diplomacy: Presentation Medals in the Age of Exploration,”The Magazine Antiques, Sept.-Oct., 2017, pp. 64-71.

2017. “Books and Birds: Ornithological Bookplates and their Makers” Birding Magazine, American Birding Assoc., February 2017, pp. 34-41.

2016. “Preserving Feathers, Fur, and Human Skin,” Natural History, Vol 128, No.8, September 2016, pp. 16-21.

2016. “Cape Dezhnev (Siberia),” Nowhere (on-line travel magazine), Summer 2016 issue.

2016. “On the Inca Trail,” Nowhere (on-line travel magazine), Spring 2016 issue.

2015. “George Washington’s Brush with Immortality: The Hair Relics of a Sainted Hero,” The Magazine Antiques, July-August, 2015, pp. 124-131.

2014. “A Painter in the Bering Sea: Henry Wood Elliott and the Northern Fur Seal,” Polar Record (Cambridge U. Press), vol. 50 no. 254, July, 2014, pp. 311-318.

2014. “Nature Prints from Java: the Newly Discovered Work of Thomas Horsfield,” Archives of Natural History, Vol. 41, Part 1, pp. 168-170.

2012. “The Art of the Arctic: British Painting in the Far North,” Greenwich: Journal for Maritime Research, Vol 14, no. 2, pp. 67-93.

2012. “The Ornithological Mr. Lear,” Nature, vol. 485, May 3, 2012, pp. 36-38.

2010. “Discovered! The First Engraving of an Audubon Bird” Journal of the Early Republic. (With Eric P. Newman), 30:443-461.

2009. “The Art of Bones.” Natural History 117(10): 24-29. December 2008-January 2009.

2007. “Icy Embellishments: Arctic Imagery and the Decorative Arts” The Magazine Antiques, February 2007, pp. 70-79.

2006. “A Modernizing Nation Finds Identity by Embracing its Past” The Philadelphia Inquirer,
July 15, 2006.

2005. “Cutting Up Audubon for Science and Art.” Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London Vol. 21(1).

2004. “The Explorers Club.” The Magazine Antiques, December 2004, pp. 96-101.

2004. “To Acquire What Knowledge You Can’: The Scientific Contributions of Lewis and Clark.” South Dakota History, Vol. 34(1): 5-27.

2004. “Audubon Drawings Discovered,” Archives of Natural History 31(2): 349-352.

2004. “Alexander Skutch at 100.” Living Bird, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Spring 2004, pp. 10-12.

2003. “Cutting Up Audubon for Science and Art.” The Magazine Antiques, October, 2003, pp. 104-113. [cover story]

2002-3. “Alaska’s Wild Shores: The Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899.” The Explorers Journal. New York: The Explorers Club, Winter 2002-3, pp. 36-39.

2001. “A Conversation with Alexander F. Skutch” Natural History 110(1), February 2001, pp. 70-71.

2000. “Audubon, Bachman, and the Quadrupeds of North America.” The Magazine Antiques, November, 2000, pp. 744-753.

1999. “The Secrets of the Cloud Forest.” Audubon. Sept./Oct. 1999 pp. 88-96.

1999. “Home Again: The Return of Przewalski's Horse to Mongolia.” International Wildlife. Sept./Oct., 1999, pp. 35-41.

1998. “Chagi's Charge – Mongolia's Naadam Festival.” Natural History. 107(5): 28-37, June, 1998. [Cover story]

1988. “A Tiny Terror Behind A Giant Dam.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 1, 1988. [About the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtzee River, China.]

1997. “A Religion Revived: Buddhism in Mongolia.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. December 1, 1997.

1997. “Americans Help Foster A Fledgling Democracy.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 25, 1997. [Feature on the Peace Corps in Mongolia.]

1996. “Exploring Mongolia's Ancient Lakes.” Explore (ANSP), Vol. 1(2): 1 & 7, January 1996.

1996. “The Tale Before Peter Rabbit.” Carnegie Magazine. May/June, 1996, pp. 22-27.

1996. “Beatrix Potter, Scientific Illustrator.” The Magazine Antiques. June 1996, pp. 868-877.

1996. “A Night With The Shaman of Darhaad.” What In The World? 35(2): 2-3, Winter 1996. [ What in the World? is a members' magazine for University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.]

1996. “Nomads of the High Plateau.” Expedition (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) 38(3) 3-18.

1995. “Przewalski's Horse on the Mongolian Steppes.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 13.

1995. “Birds of A Feather.” Princeton Alumni Weekly, Jan. 25, 1995.

1994. “William Holbrook Beard, 1824-1900.” The Magazine Antiques, November, 1994.

1994. “A Book to Finish: An Artist and Biologist join Forces to Produce a definitive Series on South American Birdlife.” Living Bird (Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology), Autumn, 1994.

1994. “The Lake as Laboratory.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Health and Science section, November 14, 1994.

1994. “The Museum that Never Was.” Natural History, July, 1994. [Article about a planned 19th century museum in New York City.]

1992. “America's Revolutionary Plantsmen.” HG (House and Garden), September, 1992.

1992. “The Man Who Saw Through Time.” Natural History August, 1992. [About paleo-artist Charles R. Knight.]

1991. “Contributions of Henry Weed Fowler (1878-1965), with a Brief Early History of Ichthyology at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.” (with William Smith Vaniz), Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 143:173-191.

1991. “Forgotten Cats of Charles Knight.” International Wildlife, September/October, 1991.

1991. “Robert M. Mengel (1921-1990): The Blending of Science and Art.” The Wilson Bulletin, 103(3).

1990. “Beatrix Potter as a Scientific Illustrator.” International Wildlife, 20(1), January-February, 1990.

1989. “Seasons of the Canadian Soul.” International Wildlife, 19(3), May-June, 1989. [about the Group of Seven art movement]

1988. “Hunting Wildlife with Pen and Palette.” The Explorers Journal 66(4), December, 1988. [about John James Audubon.]

1988. “Abbott H. Thayer and the Art of the Invisible.” International Wildlife, 18(5), September/October, 1988.

1987. “Terry Shortt: A Life's Journey into Nature.” International Wildlife, 17(4), July/August, 1987.

1986. “Headhunters and Hummingbirds; An Expedition into Ecuador.” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1986. [cover story for Philadelphia Magazine.]

1985. “United Feathers of America.” F.M.R. Magazine, No. 13, July/August 1985. [John James Audubon and New World Ornithology.]

1985. “The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.” The Magazine Antiques, October, 1985.

1985. “The Poconos - Beyond the Billboards.” New York Times. June, 1985.

1984. “Bringing Birds to Life.” Terra (the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) 22(6), July/August, 1984.

1983. “Louis Agassiz Fuertes: The Discovery and Crystallization of Truth.” Southwest Art. November, 1983.

1983. “Terence Shortt: Sketches in the Field.” The Academy of Natural Sciences Wildlife Art Exposition Catalog.

1983. “The Stroke of Genius.” National Wildlife. February-March, 1983. [about Louis Agassiz Fuertes]

1982. “A Cruise for Rest and Recreation: The Harriman Alaska Expedition, 1899.” Audubon. September, 1982.

1981. “William Bartram's Florida Travels.” The Florida Naturalist. January/February 1981.

1981. “Fight for the Yellowstone.” Rod and Reel. January/February, 1981.

1979. “Thomas Eakins and Photography: The Means to an End.” Arts Magazine. April 1979.

1977. “Influential Image: Edward Steichen's J.P. Morgan.” Image. The George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y., Summer 1977.

1976. “Albert Laessle, American Animalier.” American Art Review. January 1976.

1975. “Holding the Torch Aloft: The Life and Times of David Douglas (1798-1834).” The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Book Reviews

Reviews for The New York Times Book Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Winterthur Portfolio, Landscape Architecture, Frontiers (The Academy of Natural Sciences) , The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Herpetological Review, Archives of Natural History and The Wilson Bulletin.

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