I've tracked down the maple syrup thieves in Quebec, unearthed the truth behind an enormous emerald from Brazil, and retraced the journey of a French adventurer who went missing in Alaska.

I'm a correspondent for Outside magazine, and my work has also been published in Scientific American, Smithsonian, Bloomberg Businessweek and The New York Times. In 2013, I was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and traveled to Uganda to investigate an herbal cure for malaria and the strange plague wrought by false tooth disease. My international reporting has also been funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative. Recently, I teamed up with ecologist Manuel Molles to write a college textbook, Environment: Science, Issues, Solutions, which was published by Macmillan in January 2016.

I grew up in Houston, Texas, and my first and only real job involved arbitrage of Southwest Airlines flight coupons on the grey market for a gambling addict named Barry who I still count as a friend and mentor. I went to college and grad school in California, grew a beard, and spent six years catching frogs, snakes, and bees in Central America in an aborted attempt to become a field biologist.

Naturally, I live in a cabin in the hills of the Semi Tropic Spiritualist Tract of Los Angeles. I'll write about anything. I also take decent photos. Please hire me at bborrell <at>