I am an independent toxicologist and writer, a member of the Ronin Institute , a sometimes college instructor, and adjunct faculty in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
As an environmental toxicologist I am intrigued by the interactions of chemicals both naturally occurring and synthetic with life. If there had been a field of evolutionary-toxicology back when I was in school, that’s what I would have become. Instead, I’ve written about it here: Evolution in a Toxic World, Book although this book is, admittedly a tough read. My first fully authored book and written mostly for managers and toxicologists and other in the field. One day I would love to write this kind of a book for a more general readership. That book led to the next, called Unnatural Selection this was my first intended for a more general (science-interested) readership. The next book Natural Defense: enlisting bugs and germs to save our food and medicine is a sort of “what can we do about this,” book. How we can preserve antibiotic efficacy and reduce pesticide use with new technologies that are better informed by ecology.
I am excited to be working now on a book about killer fungus to be published by W.W. Norton Press. What they are; how they affect us; and what we can do to reduce their impact.
When not doing this stuff, I’m either hiking, sewing, gardening and trying to learn how to play the mandolin!