Books

 

virginia-climate-fever Grand Canyon for Sale: Public lands versus private interests in the era of climate change University of California Press, 2017

  • “Trump is proclaiming that…our entire public land heritage may soon be up for sale. I hope this excellent book will awaken all Americans to an unprecedented threat.”—Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Interior Secretary.
  • “…a nuanced, comprehensive, surprisingly up-to-date review of the threats…to national parks, forests, deserts and wildlife refuges…direct, captivating stories…” Review, Nature — The International Science Journal
  • “…humorous, despite the book’s serious subject matter…describes how efforts to protect U.S. parks have been thwarted by organizations with deep pockets and by the politicians that are responsive to their pleas.” Review, Science
  • “…outstanding book…with irony, humor, and just enough hope to inspire readers to continue the fight …” —James L. Powell, author of Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West.
  • “..lucid, vividly written…details the multiple threats that face our nation’s parks, then follows with a positive strategy.”—James D. Nations, former Vice President, National Parks Conservation Association.
  • … a timely unveiling of the systemic theft of our nation’s most treasured landscapes.”—Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Trust.
virginia-climate-fever Virginia Climate Fever
How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests
University of Virginia Press, 2014

Winner, American Institute of Physics 2015 Science Writing Award for Books

  • “…the most important book about the Commonwealth’s environment since Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia.”
    – Bill Kovarik, Radford University
  • “…employs a winning mix of insight, humor, and engaging prose to explore the adverse impacts human-caused climate change is now having on Virginia, and to warn us of the grave threat…”
    – Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
  • “Written with clarity, scientific objectivity, and a passionate concern for the future of Virginia…a wake-up call…”
    – Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Climate Dynamics Program Director
  • “… in its own wonderful way, uncovers a wildly complex subject and lays it bare for all to see…terrific example of science writing…”
    – Catherine O’Riordan, Chief Operating Officer, American Institute of Physics
  • “Written by an environmental journalist, this engaging work examines the subtle effects of climate change on Virginia’s diverse environs today. It also explores how the intensification of global warming will transform the state’s coasts and forests and negatively impact the quality of life in urban and rural areas.”
    — Library Journal
  • “A surprising treatise, written in an engaging, storytelling–as opposed to pedagogic–manner, this is an easy read that raises and discusses issues that face everyone, not only Virginians, in terms of climate change… the tone is not preachy; the text feels more like a conversation with a thoughtful friend or friends that leaves the reader open to thinking more about the reasons why most citizens (and elected leaders) do nothing, although we hear and see the grim prognostication of what the future climate will wreak. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
    — CHOICE
Blue Ridge 2020 - Book Cover Blue Ridge 2020 – An Owner’s Manual, University of North Carolina Press. Winner, Southern Environmental Law Center’s Philip D. Reed Award for outstanding journalism about southern environmental issues
Millipedes and Moon Tigers - Book Cover Millipedes and Moon Tigers: Science and Policy in an Age of Extinction, University of Virginia Press
The Archaeology of War - Book Cover Battles over Battlefields: The fight to save Civil War sites from developers, a chapter in The Archaeology of War, Peter A. Young, editor. Archaeological Institute of America.