Matt's studies and careers over the years have centered on plants, animals and the environment. Majoring in zoology and botany, he obtained his master's degree in animal behavior (ethology) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Matt has spent many years lecturing and teaching natural history subjects at New York's American Museum of Natural History; has illustrated insects for scientific journals; collected insects in Venezuela (two species are named in his honor); taught midde school science; directed an environmental education center for over a decade; is presently involved with bird research and conservation in the U.S. and the Azores; has co-written ornithological papers (his wife has been a major researcher of the endangered Roseate Tern for many decades); has written nature articles for the local paper and other venues; keeps bees; is the official photographer and artist for a nature-oriented family learning program created by his wife of nearly 40 years (see www.sparkfamilies.org); creates wildlife sculptures in wood and is a nature photographer. Matt's website (www.birdcarvings.net) concentrates on the latter two interests.
Matt's sculptures can be found on 6 continents, in private collections, museums, refuges, and environmental education centers. His photos of close, intimate subjects and scenes in nature have appeared in many publications. His most recent book, Wildflowers of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, commissioned by the refuge identifies over 65 of the common flowers found there. He also wrote a similar book for the above-mentioned family learning program (SPARK), containing a collection of 48 of the most common wildflowers found along roadsides of Virginia's Eastern Shore, but which are also found over most of the U.S. east of the Rockies (and many west of the Rockies). Both books are child-friendly, but full of useful information for interested adults. Anyone with an interest in wildflowers, and would like to share it with children, would love to have these affordable books and may contact Matt for details (current cost is $$8.00 plus shipping and all sales go back into the SPARK program) Although most of Matt's subjects are found locally, he also has photos from other continents. His photos of the barely noticed, small but beautiful wildflowers and smaller animals adorn the walls of many homes, and his carvings are found on at least 6 continents in home, museums and other public places.
An extended biography may be viewed on his web site (www.birdcarvings.net) where you may also see his carvings.
*Please note: Many of the images shown have been taken in RAW format. If you want very large images made, beyond what are offered on this site, many can be provided upon request.