In the Field

Recent Field Work

Swordfish Research:
Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia

In July of 2010 I drove up to Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia from my home in Connecticut to get on a harpoon boat for swordfish.  My objective was to see a swordfish in its living colors right out of the water, or preferably in the water and out of the water, so that I could paint it life size for my Ocean Fishes project (see 2012 book with Rizzoli, Ocean Fishes).  There are only a few places in the world where the conditions are such that swordfish come to the surface of the ocean and can be spotted and harpooned.  One of them is George’s Bank, famous fishing grounds due east of Cape Cod (which the Canadian harpooners access by traveling southeast from Nova Scotia. More


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Previous Field Work

Catadromous Eels of New ZealandSuriname: Sipaliwini District,
Wilhelmina Mountains

In late March – April 2010, I accompanied a collecting trip with the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University to a remote area of central Suriname that had never before been explored. Our collecting site was on an unnamed mountaintop above an unnamed river in what are the highest mountains of Suriname (the Wilhelmina Range). More

Catadromous Eels of New ZealandCatadromous Eels of New Zealand

In March of 2004 and March of 2006 I made visits to New Zealand to do research for a book on catadromous eels (a catadromous fish spawns in the ocean but lives its adult life in freshwater rivers and streams, the opposite of the salmon, an anadromous fish). More

Pohnpei, MicronesiaPohnpei, Micronesia

I see the island of Pohnpei as a rare orchid growing on a highway median between lanes of heavy traffic. More



A wild trout, tiny, perfect, in a stream made of no more than puddles connected by ribbons of water. More


Monarch ButterfliesMonarch Butterflies

Over winter with an estimated 150 million Monarch butterflies in the Oyamel Fir forests of central Mexico. More


Autumn Run of the EelsAutumn Run of the Eels

Photos are from a visit to Ray Turner's fishing trap, or weir, on the East Branch of the Delaware River, near Hancock, New York.. More


Eels of the St. LawrenceEels of the St. Lawrence

This trip was research for a National Geographic article I'm writing on eels. More