Julian Smith is an award-winning writer specializing in travel and science. His articles and photographs have appeared in Smithsonian, Wired, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, New Scientist, Discover, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and US News & World Report.

He is the author of travel guidebooks to El Salvador, Ecuador, Virginia, the Four Corners and Portland, Oregon, and has won the country’s top travel writing award from the Society of American Travel Writers.

With a background in the natural sciences, including a B.A. in biology and an M.S. in wildlife ecology, Smith helped launch and edit Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, an international peer-reviewed scientific journal. He has taught writing, editing, and literature at the College of Santa Fe and the Gotham Writers Workshop.

He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughters.

Read an interview by travel writer Rolf Potts, and another from Wend magazine.


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  • Headshots (72 and 150 dpi)
  • Brief biography
  • Contact information
  • Crossing the Heart of Africa cover image
  • Reviews of Crossing the Heart of Africa

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