Jim2I’m from Chicago, where rich literary traditions are as vital to the city’s character as are urban green spaces. In that environment, with the Great Lakes on one side and the vast prairie on the other, I became enamored with ecology. I think I was drawn to the field as much by its empiricism as its poetry.  In my research career, I studied how urban development affects migratory birds, monitored invasive hybridized plants’ takeover of lakeshore dunes, surveyed the Chicago River for E. coli levels, investigated hospital-acquired infections, and peered into the brains of finches to determine how they learn song. All the while I was writing. I’ve been  writing about science, healthcare, and nature since 2012.


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