Chronological list of passions: Organic gardening, botanical illustration (watercolors) backpacking, (California, 60s and 70s, up through AB from Occidental College) Plankton ecology, bicycling and Cross country skiing (up through 1987 PhD from Woods Hole Oceanography and MIT, thesis on dinoflagellate feeding ecology and ultrastructure), landscape watercolors featuring mountain streams (during 1988 postdoc fellowship at UBC in Vancouver, Canada), more painting while doing TEM for Bob Horvitz at MIT (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, ending 1990), ocean canoeing and discovering the identity of food vacuoles inside photosynthetic dinoflagellates (while curator of the CCMP, the world's largest living collection of marine phytoplankton in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, until 1993), teaching microbiology and evolution at a Christian college in Spokane (Whitworth College, until 2000) and finally, learning to become a coral ecologist, documenting coral disease, fish diversity, and tropical plankton on Majuro atoll, Marshall Islands, while teaching at the local community college (CMI, 2001 to present)
See the bio! Also, climate change (as told in Down to the Wire by David Orr)
Invasive species are those that have been relocated outside of the ecosystem in which they evolved. They dominate and degrade their new ecosystem, as they are free of natural controls (diseases and predators). Humans are the prime, and most destructive of the invasive species, and inevitable consequence of our evolution and development of language, agriculture, etc. The genie is out of the bottle. Our only hope is to volunteer to limit our own numbers and level of affluence/pollution/ecological disruption, and to become more interested and solicitous to our non-human cousins.
Phony sustainability vs. authentic long term surviverability
swimming through rough surf to reach the coral reefs in my back yard, and international folk dancing
The history of evolution is perhaps most vividly illustrated by the diversity of living protists. The thrill of learning of these intricate, beautiful creatures is something i have long wanted to share, and in 2012 I will finally do this with a book published by Cambridge University Press. By preparing over 200 hand-and mouse-drawn illustration, I portray protists in an appropriately detailed, compelling manner. It is said that describing biodiversity, an endless job, enriches humanity; I try to highlight the ecological significance of the hundreds of phyla (including bacteria) that can only be seen with microscopes.
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