Jordan Fisher Smith spent 21 years as a park and wilderness ranger in California, Wyoming, Idaho and Alaska and now works as an environmental journalist and narrative nonfiction writer. He is a principal cast member and narrator of an award-winning documentary film about Lyme disease, “Under Our Skin,” which was shortlisted for the 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. He appears in a 2014 sequel “Under Our Skin 2: Emergence” and is now involved in a new film about the role of community organizing in improving quality of life.
Jordan is the author of the memoir “Nature Noir” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005), which was a Booksense Bestseller, a Wall Street Journal summer reading selection, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2005 pick and an Audubon Magazine Editor’s Choice. His new narrative nonfiction book “Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature” was published this month by Penguin-Random House. His magazine work has appeared in TIME.com, Men’s Journal, Aeon, Discover and other outlets, and he has been nominated for awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.