Nature, health, and travel expert Mark Aspelin (www.markaspelin.com) is an author and writer who specializes in wildlife conservation, environmental management, health, travel, and culture.  He’s the author two highly rated books (How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation and Profitable Conservation: Business Strategies That Boost Your Bottom Line, Protect Wildlife, and Conserve Biodiversity), and he’s published over 50 blog posts and articles.  Mark is also known as the New Mexico Travel Guy (https://newmexicotravelguy.com) and he writes a travel blog, “New Mexico & Beyond”, where he showcases the beauty, culture, and unique experiences that New Mexico has to offer, while sprinkling in other off-the-beaten path destinations in the US and abroad.

Mark has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. in Biology from Creighton University, and an MBA with concentrations in Natural Resource & Environmental Management and Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin.  He’s also a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer with specialist certifications in senior fitness, corrective exercise, weight loss, and fitness nutrition from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and he’s a Docent at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

Mark has over twenty years of experience working in senior program and project management roles with organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, The International Crane Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, United HealthGroup, Molina Healthcare, Intel Corporation, and Sandia National Laboratories.  An avid traveler, Mark has visited over 100 countries (22 of those on business), all 50 U.S. States, and is a member of the Travelers’ Century Club.  His articles and interviews have been featured by GreenBiz, Inside EPA, Perceptive Travel, and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project. 

I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.



National Award

Commonwealth Writers Prize

july 2015

International Award

Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize

august 2016

College Champion

Baileys Prize for Fiction

october 2017


Praise for How to Fail at Life
“Self-help books have a tendency to be dry and boring. Not so with this one. Not only did I find this book amazingly resourceful, but witty too. Exceptionally written, Mark has a unique way of teaching life’s lessons. More than a self-help book, as I found this to be a highly enjoyable read. Thank you Mark for showing us how we can laugh at life’s mistakes and learn something too!”
Cheri Roan
verified review on Amazon.com
Praise for Profitable Conservation
“One of the most all-encompassing discussions of the mass of knowledge and activity that conservation entails this reviewer ever has read. Further, he has provided this material in a very readable form, yet supplied each chapter with a wealth of corroborative references for the interested reader to pursue further if desired. This is a book that any and every one with even a modicum of interest in the world in which we live definitely should read.”
John H. Manhold
verified review on Amazon.com
Praise for Profitable Conservation
"The diversity of nature, perfected over millions of years, provide many secrets that can be of great benefit to humans. If we lose biodiversity, we lose that potential. In a world of population increase, habitat destruction, and especially industrialized agriculture, biodiversity is the victim. Mark Aspelin's excellent presentation provides ideas about how business and biodiversity can go hand in hand."
Dr. George Archibald
Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist at The International Crane Foundation

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