Ret Talbot is a fulltime freelance writer with a longstanding passion for all things aquatic.
As a fly fishing guide, sea kayaker, sailor, and surfer, he has traveled the world always looking for new perspectives on aquatic life. Whether “flats fishing” for salmon off the west coast of Scotland, paddling over reefs in the Caribbean or mapping glacial fed streams in the Andes, Ret has written about some of the most remote and underappreciated aquatic environments on the planet—always with an eye to balancing recreation and conservation.
He holds a graduate degree in writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has spent more than a decade as an educator in both the traditional classroom and “the classroom” without walls. In the latter capacity, he has led students on educational mountaineering expeditions to 20,000-ft. summits, through uncharted underground wet cave systems, and into some of the most remote backcountry in North American. He has written about his adventures in publications ranging from Fly Fisherman to Education Week.
He is the author of the forthcoming The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Saltwater Aquarium (December 2008) and well over 100 online articles on marine aquaria. When not travelling, he and his wife, an illustrator with a proclivity for drawing aquatic life, split their time between Laguna Beach, California and Merna, Wyoming.