A writer, biologist and boy explorer, Bryan chases nature in wild places around the world. Birds and insects drive a lot of his outdoor adventures, but in truth Bryan finds pleasure in whatever swims, slithers, crawls, walks, hops, flies, sits, grows or decays on life’s long, green path. Which basically means Bryan is easily distracted. He’s been or still is, for example, a bread baker, a pot washer, a firefighter, a nature guide, a videographer, a mercenary writer, a beat reporter, a university instructor, and a consulting biologist for municipalities, non-profits and private landowners.
On his journey toward nature and writing, Bryan set out with a degree in chemistry and a passion for mountaineering, which led to his employment scaling Rust Belt smokestacks to measure (and inhale) air pollutants. From there, downward, with notions of saving the world, he discovered journalism.
Bryan’s articles and essays have appeared in Orion, Aeon Magazine, The New York Times, Field & Stream, The Progressive, Eating Well, Northern Woodlands and lots of other places. He co-authored Birdwatching in Vermont, a guide to finding and enjoying the state’s birds; co-hosted an award-winning radio program on birds; and wrote and hosted a public television special called Birding in Vermont.
Because he spends so much time outside, Bryan is making glacial progress on another book titled PANTALA: What a Dragonfly Tells Us About Sex, Evolution and the Human Condition. He lives on a hillside above the North Branch river in Montpelier, Vermont, with his partner Ruth Einstein, a violinist and teacher.