Weighing the merits of a desk job SINCE 2004.

Walker, on assignment, Lower Mesa Falls, Idaho.

Photo: Lucas Gilman


Photo: Rob Born

As a correspondent for Outside magazine for more than a decade, Thayer covers science, adventure, exploration, and the natural world. He has explored the Cayman Trench in a homemade submarine, survived 20 days stranded on a desert island, once escaped the jaws of an irascible jaguar, and discovered the tenth largest diamond ever found at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park. He’s written for dozens and dozens of publications, some quite fancy and others mercifully forgettable. With his wife, artist Jane Kim, he is the cofounder of Ink Dwell an art studio that explores the wonders of the natural world. Thayer's first book, The Wall of Birds, about Jane's monumental mural celebrating the diversity and evolution of birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is published by HarperCollins. Thayer can be reached at infoatinkdwelldotcom.