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I grew up in Enfield, Connecticut, just yards from the
great Connecticut River. I went to college at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just
yards from the Charles River. Wanting to see the country, I went to grad school as
far away from home and still be in the continental US (except for Alaska), at the U of
California in San Diego. There were no rivers there to speak of (the San Diego River
is a culvert), but the school was just yards from the Pacific Ocean. It was also
close to desert and mountains.
I came back to Connecticut to do post-doctoral work at the University of Connecticut,
and I was a visiting professor there for many years. My research there concentrated
on how plants sense their environment and respond to it. My house was just yards from a pond and a bog. I left Connecticut for
Illinois to teach Cell Biology at Millikin University. Millikin is at the edge of
the great North American prairie, and there was a creek just yards from my house.
After two years at Millikin and several months working in chemical analysis at Staley's
manufacturing I came to Radford University to teach Cell Biology and Introductory
Biology. My house is just yards from the New River, now.
||Among my hobbies are hiking and nature photography. You can often
find me in parks, mountains, deserts, whatever's close. One of my favorite positions
is flat on my stomach with a camera in front of my face and something tiny but beautiful
in front of the viewfinder. (The picture is old -- I wish my hair were still that color!)
|I used to be a Morris dancer, a long time ago. Morris dancing is a type
of old English folk dance. Morris is not a social dance; it's a performance dance done by
performing teams. This picture the Rose & Thorn team of Eastford,
CT in 1994. That's me, standing third from the left (with brown hair!). There
doesn't seem to be any Morris around Radford. Too bad!
||One of the most wonderful things about San Diego is the desert. You
can't get that here in the east. A vast, empty, quiet land, but a harsh land.
The living things there are incredibly beautiful and incredibly adapted to the heat
and lack of water.
|One of the high points of my life was visiting Newfoundland with my
partner. We saw icebergs in August, and plants wonderfully adapted for life on the
tundra, a cold boggy place.
||Another high point of my life was visiting Korea, to collaborate with
researchers there. I couldn't read the signs. I couldn't speak the
language. Little kids stared at me because they found a white man such an odd
beast. It was a strange sensation to feel so foreign. It is a beautiful
country, though, filled with friendly people and delicious, but fiery, food.
|More recently, my partner and I visited the Western Arctic. We saw whales and grizzlies in Alaska and a wolf in the Yukon. We made it as far north as Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean in the Northwest Territories, where we saw pingoes (huge frost heaves) and collected Arctic plants.
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