Marchand, P.J. 2018. Remembering the Beja Nomads in a Time of Turmoil.      Ripple Effect Publishing LLC, Colorado Springs

With a telling memoir and striking photographs, Peter J. Marchand reflects on the Beja nomads of the Red Sea Hills and contemplates the fate of nomadic peoples the world over, as population growth and economic forces chip away at the edges of indigenous cultures everywhere. “Little by little,” he writes, “these encroachments exact their toll on the voiceless and invisible, sapping the life of their culture like an ancient tree silently dying, one root at a time.”  It is a regrettable loss, Marchand suggests, as indigenous cultures preserve a rich store of ideas and values that might one day come to our rescue.

Marchand, P.J. 2015.  Life and Times of a Big River: An Uncommon Natural History of Alaska's Upper Yukon.  University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks

This first-person account weaves together the fascinating cultural and natural history of interior Alaska, through the experiences and discoveries of a 1975 field expedition conducted by 5 biologists in a 4000-square-mile, roadless area of interior Alaska.  The expedition was ordered by the United States government following the signing into law of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and was to help decide the fate of a vast area that would ultimately become the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.  This expedition may well represent the last of its kind, conducted before the explosion of satellite communications and geographic positioning technology forever changed scientific field work in remote regions.

Marchand, P.J. 2015.  When Farming's in Your Blood: A Portrait of Southern Colorado Farm Life.  Ripple Effect Publishing LLC, Colorado Springs


This photodocumentary tells the story of four family farms in southern Colorado – the story of a farming culture with strong traditions and deeply rooted ties to the region; of people whose kin have been on the land for generations; who have enjoyed the good times and struggled through the bad, surviving by hard labor and ingenuity.  It is a story of an agricultural way of life still based on simple and efficient technologies and sustainable land-use practices.   

With informative and entertaining essays and more than 60 striking images, Peter Marchand captures the essence of small-acreage farming and the spirit of people for whom no other life will suffice. “These farmers,” Marchand writes, “remind us of our common past, of where we came from and what it truly means to live off the land.”


Marchand, P.J.  2013.  The Bare-toed Vaquero: Life in Baja California's Desert Mountains.  University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

“In this book a gifted photojournalist introduces us to individual ranchers and their families and describes their traditional practices as they move into the twenty-first century.  Marchand’s photographs and text are both informative and intimate. His introduction to this little-known corner of Mexico will delight travelers and scholars alike."

“Marchand gives us a rare privilege. Seldom does such a work allow us into the homes of such a remote people in such a personal way—in both words and pictures.  A must-have for Baja California aficionados.”

                                                                   —Jennifer Redmond, editor, Sea of Cortez Review

“With a keen eye for detail, a gift for finding the right language to deliver that detail to the reader, and a selection of ingratiating photographs, Peter Marchand brings to life the little-documented ranches of Sierra de la Giganta.”

                                  —Bruce Berger, author of Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur

Marchand, P.J. 2013.  Life in the Cold: An Introduction to Winter Ecology
4th edition, University Press of New England, Hanover


Although there is much research on the special problems of plants and animals wintering in the North, Peter J. Marchand’s Life in the Cold, now in its fourth edition, remains the one book that offers a comprehensive picture of organisms, both plant and animal, interacting with their environment. Focusing on the problems of “winter-active” organisms – those that face the rigors of winter on a daily basis – and with a special emphasis on plant ecology, Marchand brings to life the challenges and rigors of sustaining life in places where winter demands extraordinary and unique physical and physiological adaptations in plants and animals.

The fourth edition of this classic text includes a new chapter on climate change and its effect on plants, animals, and human cultures in the far North.