Richard Pallardy is a writer with 14 years of experience, most recently as a research editor and blogger with the Encyclopedia Britannica. He is interested in the natural world, culture, aesthetics, and criticism. Peripatetic by nature, he can normally be found wandering the streets, or darting through the stacks of the Chicago Public Library in search of obscure shreds of information. He has a B.A. in English from Illinois State University.