Articles, Chapters, etc.

My writing explores strange, forgotten, obsolete, and usually irrelevant facets of the natural sciences from ancient anatomies and Renaissance wonder cabinets to taxidermied animal heroes and the back end of a beaver. 

If you'd like to read about said back end (and I'm sure you do), here's a link to my article "How to Scrutinize a Beaver" published in the Believer Magazine, 2013.

I have written for The Believer, Canada's History, The New York Times and the fabulous ScienceFriday blog.  I have also contributed chapters and essays to several artist catalogs and academic volumes. 





2016. "The Beavers of Stanley Park," Animal Metropolis, University of Calgary

2014.  "How to Scrutinize a Beaver," Read Harder: The Best of Believer II, Believer Books

2011. "The Living Body of Balto," The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie, University of Virginia Press.

2010. "Botched Animals and Enigmatic Beasts," Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study, Cambridge Scholars Press.

2005. "Vegetal Prejudice in Early Modern England," Textual Healing: Essays on Medieval and Early Modern Medicine. Brill Academic Press.


Selected Magazines, Journals, etc:

2017. "Beaver Utopia," Canada's History, 97:4.

2015. "Pantone Beaver: this gland is your gland, " Cabinet Magazine, 56.

2015. "Why I am Not a Taxidermist," New York Times   [Read online +]

2014. "Five Books Guaranteed to Make Kids Love Science," ScienceFriday [Read online +]

2013.  "Giant Spiders and Making Walking," TREK: The Magazine of the University of British Columbia. 

2012.  "The Barely-There Albino Wallaby," Preserved!  [Read online +]

2012. "A Case for Darwin," Cabinet Magazine, 47.

2012. "How to Scrutinize a Beaver," The Believer, 10:7.

2012. “Preservation Society,” The New Inquiry, 8.

2012. "Obsessed: Taxidermy," Huffington Post [Read online +]

2012. "UBC's King of Cult," TREK: The Magazine of the University of British Columbia 

2012. Interview with feather artist Kate MccGwire, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, 20. Alternative Ornithologies.

2011. “The Beastly Art of Taxidermy,” TREK: The Magazine of the University of British Columbia.

2008. "The Matter and Meaning of Museum Taxidermy," museum & society 6:2. [Read online +]

2008. "Ophelia by the Idiots" reprinted from ravishingbeasts in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, 7. 

2008. "Hunting the Windy Vapors" (a medical history of the windy passions), The Believer, 6:8.

2008. "Objects of Loss and Remembrance," Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, 6. Special edition: Rogue Taxidermy.

2007.  "The Visual Erotics of the Mini-Marriage" (a cross-eyed history of cute), The Believer, 5:9. 


Exhibition Catalogues:

2016. "Holding True," Nikola Irmer, Love Birds, Sir?  

2011. "An Intimacy of Animal Looking," Fern Helfand: About Looking. Vernon Public Art Gallery.

2010. Ravishing Beasts: The Strangely Alluring World of Taxidermy. Museum of Vancouver.

2009. "Immortal Beauties," Mary Frey: Imaging Fauna


Book Reviews:

2013. Humanimalia, 5:1. Title reviewed, Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee, and Paul Youngquist, ed. Gorgeous Beasts: Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective

2012. Archives of Natural History 38:2Title reviewed: Pat Morris, A History of Taxidermy: Art, Science and Bad Taste.

2004. "Dissecting Disciplinarity," Canadian Literature. 182: 141-143. (Titles reviewed: Between Literature and Science: Poe, Lem, and Explorations in Aesthetics, Cognitive Science, and Literary Knowledge, Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, and The Living Prism: Itineraries in Comparative Literature) 

2003. "Curious Knowledge," Canadian Literature. 179: 115-118. (Titles reviewed: The Aurelian Legacy: British Butterflies and their Collectors, Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, and The Oxford Companion to the Body)

2002. "The Alphabet of Suffering," Canadian Literature. 174: 117-119. (Titles reviewed: Idioglossia and The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth- Century English Culture