I am a freelance science and environmental journalist, biologist, and healthcare professional. I write feature articles on a regular basis for the Boston Globe, and have had articles appear in other publications as well, including Southwest Airlines magazine, the Fredericksburg Freelance Star in Virginia, the Santa Cruz Sentinel in California, and on-line at themorningnews.org, earthisland.org and talkingwriting.com.
I am also an adjunct instructor in the biology and health sciences departments at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where I’ve been teaching part-time since 1997, and at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston.
My primary area of interest within biology is herpetology — the study of reptiles and amphibians — and much of my writing reflects that interest. I’ve also participated in a variety of herpetology research projects in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Most recently I assisted with a research project on anole evolution in Professor Jonathan Losos’s lab at Harvard University.
I’m currently working on a project involving filming reptiles and amphibians along with fellow herpetologist Ben Jaffe and videographer Tyrone Tanous. In the summer of 2014 we filmed in the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana and at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. You can view some of our video clips here: http://www.herpingwithdonandben.com/host-bios.