My Books

Mindful of Texas Nature – (In the editorial process)

Meghan Cassidy’s photo from the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park

I finished work on the manuscript in December, and it is in the review process at Texas A&M University Press. The book describes mindfulness and how it is done, and it reviews what we know about the benefits of spending time in nature. Readers then lace up their hiking boots for visits to places like Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge in the west Texas plains and the Big Thicket National Preserve deep in the forests and wetlands of southeast Texas. 

The text is accompanied by Meghan Cassidy’s photographs, and the combination will leave readers drifting peacefully among trees reflected in water and invigorated by a winter walk in the prairie.


The Wild Lives of Reptiles & Amphibians: A Young Herpetologist’s Guide (Texas A&M University Press, 2020)

This latest book was released in October 2020. It introduces young readers (and adults, too) to the natural history of reptiles and amphibians by telling the stories of various kinds of herps in the United States. Within those stories, readers learn how they hunt, move, defend themselves, find mates, and adapt to the places in which they live. There are chapters about how to get out in the field and look for them and how to stay safe. Conservation issues are discussed, too.


Herping Texas: The Quest for Reptiles and Amphibians (Texas A&M University Press, 2018)

The book Clint King and I wrote, Herping Texas: The Quest for Reptiles and Amphibians is available from your favorite bookseller, local or online. The book describes our travels to the different ecoregions of Texas, finding and photographing many of the state’s herp species and getting to know the refuges, wildlife management areas, parks, ranchland, and other places where they live.

I’m available to talk with groups about the herps of Texas, the stories that went into the first book, and Texas ecoregions. I have lots of photos of herps and the places where they are found. If your group would like to contact me about such a presentation, please use the contact page.

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