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.

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 Project


Monitoring the Bosque, broadcast during January 2016 as part of the ongoing Earth Notes public radio series. Learn about how New Mexico's Rio Grande precious riverside forest is being studied by school children and their teachers in an unusual (and very practical) application of "citizen science". Since 1996, over 8,000 students have collected data along a 350-mile stretch of the state's largest river. Read or listen here. For over 14 years Richard has contributed stories regularly to Earth Notes, which airs on KNAU Flagstaff and KUNM Albuquerque, among other stations.

Recent Publishing Project


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 in the subsequent tragic death of Macho B. Buy a copy or read more here.


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 Gila River) in southwestern New Mexico. Edited, designed, and partially written by Richard, read the Summer 2015 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 suddenly 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 travels between Arizona and South America.

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