Bruce Byers has been writing to inform and inspire readers about natural history, ecology, and conservation for decades. “In Our Place,” his monthly column in the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper (Boulder, Colorado) ran from 1991 to 1992. Starting in 2011, he has posted more than 125 stories on his blog, Ecologia: Essays and Adventures from Bruce Byers Consulting. The essays combine elements of travel writing and creative nonfiction nature writing, and include lots of photos, in a photojournalistic style. They take readers along on consulting trips and personal travels to diverse ecosystems in dozens of countries.
As the Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, Oregon) in the fall of 2018, Bruce researched and wrote a collection of creative nonfiction nature essays about the UNESCO Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve, The View from Cascade Head: Lessons for the Biosphere from the Oregon Coast, to be published by Oregon State University Press in 2020.
In October, 2019, Bruce was a visiting scholar and writer-in-residence at the U.S. Forest Service’s H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades, under the auspices of the Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.
For a sample of Bruce’s recent writing, see:
- The Ecology of Bourbon Country. Ecotone, Ecological Society of America, January 16, 2020
- Ten Questions in the Andrews Forest. The Forest Log (Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University), October 2019