A Passion for the Natural World

Rhode Island-based science writer Todd McLeish has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 25 years. While earning degrees in communications at Ithaca College and Emerson College, he developed a passion for wildlife, natural history and environmental protection. Rather than pursue a biology degree, he immersed himself in the natural world by volunteering to help biologists with their wildlife research and writes about these experiences.

In more than 200 magazine and newspaper articles, he has highlighted numerous threatened species, profiled biologists and wildlife artists, and described encounters with a wide variety of backyard creatures. He has written four books about natural history topics, including Return of the Sea Otter and Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World.

Todd is an expert birder, a frequent leader of natural history walks, a popular public speaker, and a former world joggling champion (juggling while jogging).