I am a historian, naturalist, and troubadour, and author of 12 books, including Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David ThoreauI have taught at Rutgers University, University of Vermont, and the State University of New York.

Recent Publications

Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau (Tarcher/Penguin: 2017)

(with Robert Powell)
The Astrological Revolution: Unveiling the Science of the Stars as a Science of Reincarnation and Karma
(Lindisfarne Press/Steiner Books: 2010)

(with Robert Powell)
Christ and the Maya Calendar: 2012 & the Coming of the Antichrist
(Lindisfarne Press/Steiner Books: 2009)

A Book of Wonders, Marvels, Mysteries, Myth, & Magic
(Fortunatus/Sophia Perennis: 2008) 

A Short Story of American Destiny, 2009/1909
(Fortunatus/Sophia Perennis: 2008)

Lewis Creek Lost and Found
(University Press of New England: 2001)

Across the Great Border Fault: The Naturalist Myth in America
(Rutgers University Press: 2000)

Bright Colors Falsely Seen: Synaesthesia and the Search for Transcendental Knowledge
(Yale University Press: 1998)

Traces on the Appalachians: A Natural History of Serpentine in Eastern North America
(Rutgers University Press: 1988)


In past years I have taught everything from 8th grade physics to botany (at Waldorf schools), and have taught Native American history at Rutgers University, environmental history at UVM, history of science at ASU, University of Minnesota and the University of Oklahoma, and Modern World History at Plattsburgh State University.


  • PhD 1995, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (American History/Environmental History) Fields: American cultural/intellectual history; North American environmental history
  • MA 1984, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Geography)
  • BA 1979, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (Biology/Natural History)

Teaching Areas

  • Modern Global History
  • American Cultural History

Research Areas

  • History of Western Esotericism
  • History of Consciousness
  • History of Natural History
  • New England Environmental History
Occupy Wall Street October 7, 2011, Zucotti Park, NYC Please do not publish without consent

Occupy Wall Street October 7, 2011, Zucotti Park, NYC Please do not publish without consent