In my career, I have rescued wild dolphins, trained seals and sea lions, scuba-dived in the gloom under 15 feet of ice, done stand-up comedy, directed plays, and spent winters in Antarctica. I've been a biologist, professional dancer, laboratory manager, college professor, professional diver, research assistant, and photographer. Now I write full time.
I've covered many subjects in my published work, including travel, science, natural history, human interest, scuba diving, the environment, writing, teaching, science fiction, and fantasy. I have published three books on Antarctica, a manual on scientific diving in Antarctica, and numerous articles and essays. My memoir, Antarctica: A Year at the Bottom of the World, is still considered by many to be the best contemporary account of life in Antarctica. Discover magazine named my collaborative work with another photographer, Under Antarctic Ice, one of the 20 best science books of 2004.
Currently, I am writing a science fiction trilogy for children. Book 1, The Talisman of Elam, was published in 2010. Book 2, The Hand of Osiris, was released just last month (September 2013). Book 3, The Treasure of Hathor, is in the works, with a projected publication date of September 2014.
Originally from San Diego, I now live in beautiful New Hampshire with my wife, son, and a small dust mop that thinks it's a dog.