wordsmith and human being

A New Mexico-based writer, editor, publisher, media consultant, and photographer whose work is distributed via books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, radio, and the Internet. His publishing website is

Recent Photography


See the latest photos from Richard's ongoing surveys of New Mexico flora and fauna by scrolling through the Wildlife tab under the Images page. Recognizing his work in faithfully monitoring backcountry cameras, Richard was named Volunteer of the Year for 2014 by the Wildlife Land Trust of the Humane Society of the United States. He also conducts photo surveys of wildlife for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, and private landowners. For a closer look at more of his "trail cam" imagery, click to Mahler's website.

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be . . .The people cannot be safe without information. Where the press is free and every man [and woman] able to read, all is safe.


— Thomas Jefferson

Recent Journalism Projects


Saving El Morro's Inscriptions, broadcast during 2016 as part of the ongoing Earth Notes public radio series. Learn about how experts are trying to save threatened historic inscriptions on the massive sandstone cliff near Zuni, New Mexico. Read or listen here. For over 14 years Richard has contributed dozens of environment-oriented stories to Earth Notes, which airs on KNAU Flagstaff and KUNM Albuquerque, among other stations...Read Cats Along the Border, Richard's article describing bi-national efforts to save native Southwest jaguars along the U.S.-Mexico border, published May 30, 2016, in High Country News magazine (print and on-line). A longer iteration of this article appeared in the fall 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal. Read it here.

Recent Publishing Projects


Cloak and Jaguar: Following a Cat from Desert to Courtroom, written by Janay Brun, with editing and interior design by Richard, was published in October 2015 by his Relham LLC. This gripping 386-page memoir by whistleblower Brun describes the botched, illegal snaring of the only wild jaguar in the US—and how government conservation agencies were let off the hook by investigative authorities in the subsequent tragic death of Macho B. Buy a copy or read more here. New titles in 2016 from Relham include David MacPhail's Diamonds of Time; Caryl Say's God of Magic, Child of Light; and Hypnotizing Chickens: My Memories of Mogollon, by Jan Sherman in collaboration with Charlie McKee.


Recent Newsletter


Get A GRIP is the quarterly 8-page newsletter of the Gila Resources Information Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, nurturing, and protecting human communities and natural resources (including the threatened yet still undammed Gila River) in southwestern New Mexico. Edited, designed, and partially written by Richard; read the Fall 2016 issue here.

Recent Fiction Book


How I Found the Best Sex Ever: A Sara Strong Mystery, published by Relham. Read a synopsis and reviews of this 251-page paperback on the Books page, or purchase a copy here. This bawdy tale of a celebrity gone missing and a female love potion found begins in Los Angeles, but soon shifts to the desert Southwest and jungles of Guatemala.

Recent Non-Fiction Book


The Jaguar's Shadow: Searching for a Mythic Cat, published by Yale University Press. Read reviews, a synopsis, and an excerpt, or buy a copy here. Learn about Richard's quixotic quest to see a jaguar in the wild as he explores the wildest places between Arizona and South America. This is the definitive description of the jaguar's natural and human-related history for the lay reader.

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