Julie A. Craves

I am an ecologist with nearly 30 years of writing experience publishing on science and natural history topics. My scientific areas of expertise are birds, urban ecology, invasive species, insects (especially dragonflies and damselflies), plants in human-influenced systems, and environmental sustainability in coffee agrosystems. For 26 years I ran the Rouge River Bird Observatory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; on my retirement I was appointed visiting research scientist in the Natural Sciences Department.

I have written technical reports and published peer-reviewed research in journals including Écoscience, The Auk: Ornithological Advances, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Great Lakes Entomologist, Journal of Caribbean Ornithology, Natural Areas Journal, The Great Lakes Botanist, and Northeastern Naturalist.

I frequently distill scientific research into 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, and online for Audubon Guides and Daily Coffee News. 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.

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, peer review for papers published in a number of scientific journals, and other freelance editorial projects. I am on the editorial board of the journal Urban Naturalist, am an Associate Editor for The Great Lakes Entomologist, and serve on the Publications Committee of the Wilson Ornithological Society. I have been an associate editor for the journal Animal Migration and editorial assistant for the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.

Contact me at julie DOT craves AT gmail DOT com.