Ethan writes in a variety of formats, but specializes in explanatory articles on a range of subjects--particularly ecology, physical geography, earth science, wildlife, outdoors/adventure travel, and wilderness recreation.
Ethan has a strong interest in the outdoors, landscape ecology, physical geography, and wildlife. He's presently writing a short guide to landscapes of a particular unit of the National Park Service. When he's not camping someplace wild, he also listens to and makes music; he happily noodles around on the guitar and the drumset.
Ethan's B.S. in Wildlife Ecology covered a broad range of curriculum, from botany and physical geography to the intricacies of tracking radio-collared animals through suburban Wisconsin. Among the highlights of his program was a thorough survey of a local natural area for mammalian carnivores, accomplished through remote motion-sensor cameras and track analysis.
In this one-year program, Ethan learned the basics of the powerful technology called Geographic Information Systems. This allowed him to indulge a burgeoning interest in landscape ecology and physical geography, as well as explore the science and art of cartography and the robust software used to generate overlay maps and conduct spatial analysis.
Much of Ethan's writing focus covers travel--specifically adventure and nature-oriented travel/ecotourism. He's provided work in this regard for a variety of private clients as well as to USA Today's "Travel Tips", NationalGeographic.com's "Green Living," and a number of other Demand Media-associated outlets. He's also in the process of writing a field guide aimed at landscape interpretation for the outdoor (and armchair) traveler.
One of Ethan's major writing focuses, along with natural history/ecology, is outdoor recreation. He's written on the subject for a number of outlets, including Backpacker Magazine, RootsRated, the Bureau of Land Management, the "Observer" newspaper (La Grande, Ore.), Examiner (as the Portland Outdoor Adventure Examiner), Trails, LIVESTRONG, and USA Today's "Travel Tips." He's also written on recreation topics for a number of private clients.
Ethan specializes in interpretive writing on natural history, ecology, physical geography, geology, wildlife, and botany, informed by his academic background in ecology and geography and his lifelong passion for the natural world. He's written hundreds of pieces on these subjects for numerous online outlets (Demand Media) as well as for private clients and newspapers. His own writing projects, including the development of a field guide, center on landscape interpretation and ecology. He wrote portions for several academic papers based on professional wildlife and biology research work he was a part of.
Ethan's background in botany and vegetation communities has informed some writing on gardening topics for a number of Demand Media-owned outlets, particularly eHow Home & Garden and eHow.com. Most of this work centers on profiles of a given tree or shrub; explorations of plant physiology and ecology; and common plant pests.
Ethan has written on green-living topics on a number of projects. He wrote several pieces on eco-friendly travel and lifestyle for the National Geographic/Demand Media partnership "Green Living," published on NationalGeographic.com. He's also completed green-living titles for private clients, focusing mainly on ecologically sustainable travel.
From newspaper features to online ecology primers, much of Ethan's work has taken article form. He's skilled at translating complicated concepts into an engaging form accessible to the general reader.