I am an ecologist with over 25 years of freelance writing experience publishing on science and natural history topics. My scientific areas of expertise are birds, Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), urban ecology, invasive species, and environmental sustainability in coffee agrosystems.

I have written technical reports and published peer-reviewed research in journals including the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Great Lakes Entomologist, Journal of Caribbean Ornithology, Natural Areas Journal, and Northeastern Naturalist.

I frequently distill scientific research into easily understood articles or presentations for the public. I am currently a Contributing Editor to BirdWatching Magazine (formerly Birder’s World), where I write a regular column and occasional features. I have also written for other magazines, including North American Birds, Birding, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Michigan Natural Resources. I am the author of two editions of a local bird book, and have contributed chapters to other books, including an essay in Houghton-Mifflin’s popular Good Birders Don’t Wear White: 50 Tips from North America’s Top Birders. I am currently working on an atlas of Michigan’s Odonata.

My editorial experience includes six years as editor of a regional peer-reviewed journal, technical editing at an environmental consulting firm, editing a regional biodiversity atlas, and peer review for papers published in a number of scientific journals. I am on the editorial board of the journal Urban Naturalist, and I have been an associate editor for the journal Animal Migration and editorial assistant for the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.

My photographs, primarily macro photos of insects, have been used in educational materials and publications by a number of organizations including Dorling Kindersley Publishing, the Xerces Society, Royal Ontario Museum, New York State Parks, and the Philadelphia Zoo.

Contact me at julie DOT craves AT gmail DOT com.