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 135 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 are illustrated with photos, in a photojournalistic style. They take readers along on consulting trips and personal travels to diverse ecosystems in dozens of countries.
The View from Cascade Head: Lessons for the Biosphere from the Oregon Coast, a collection of creative nonfiction nature essays about the UNESCO Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve, was published by Oregon State University Press in 2020. Research and writing for this book began when Bruce was the Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, Oregon) in the fall of 2018.
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. He produced a series of short vignettes dealing with ecology, evolution, and ecophilosophy, Ten Questions in the Andrews Forest. Bruce was a writer-in-residence at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes Station, California, in June 2021, where he began research and writing for a forthcoming book about the Golden Gate and Channel Islands Biosphere Reserves. He continued that process while a visiting scientist at the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Sedgwick and Santa Cruz Island Reserves (October 2021) and the University of California-Berkeley’s Point Reyes Field Station (April 2022).
His recent writing has appeared in Ecotone, The Ecological Citizen, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and the bilingual Patagon Journal.
Selected Writing: Links to Essays & Articles
- “In Our Place,” columns from the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper, September 1991 – August 1992.
- Ten Questions in the Andrews Forest. October 2019. The Forest Log (Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University).
- The Ecology of Bourbon Country. January 2020. Ecotone (Ecological Society of America).
- The View from Cascade Head: Lessons for the Biosphere from the Oregon Coast. 2020. Oregon State University Press.
- Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere. August 2020. Ecotone (Ecological Society of America).
- Alexander von Humboldt for Ecologists. January 2021. Ecotone (Ecological Society of America).
- Criticizing Muir and Misunderstanding the Foundation of American Nature Conservation. 2021. The Ecological Citizen, 5 (1): 65-73.
- Following John Muir to the Araucaria Forests of Chile. 2022. Patagon Journal No. 25.
- Mission Blues. January 2023. The Ecological Citizen: Rewilding Successes.
- The Salmon Sermon. February 2023. Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
- Underpass for Elephants on Mount Kenya. March 2023. The Ecological Citizen: Rewilding Successes.
A story about Bruce’s work on 210-million-year-old fossil fire scars, “Ancient Fire Scars of the Petrified Forest,” by science journalist Katie Burke, was published in American Scientist (Jan-Feb 2021).