Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science & Ecology Publishes Two Articles
The scientific article appeared in the Western North American Naturalist, while the haibun appeared in Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry.
“Distribution, ecology, morphology, and status of the Inyo Mountains salamander (Batrachoseps campi)” summarizes a decade of Chris Norment’s reseach on the species, which inhabits a single desert mountain range just west of Death Valley National Park. The Inyo Mountains salamander is one of only two salamander species in the world whose range is entirely surrounded by desert habitat.
The haibun, “Narrow Trail to the Western Pass,” is modeled after Bashō’s (1644-1694) classic “Narrow Road to the Deep North.” Deep Wild is a literary journal focused on “creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads.”