Rocky Mountain Deep Sea Tubeworms

Although I’ve been talking about and teaching on the concepts in Observation and Ecology for years, my first official talk on the book was a couple of weeks ago at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, which is a testament to the power of long-term research, experimental and observational.  It was great to be able to interact with some of my science heroes, like Paul Ehrlich and John Harte, as well as some of my favorite collaborators and colleagues like Dan Blumstein and Brian Enquist.  Another treat was getting to take a short hike with writer Michelle Nijhuis, who is building her career on insightful stories about long-term research and understanding complex changes, including her award winning stories on climate change in the west for High Country News.    Michelle was just back from the Aspen Environmental Forum and she wrote up this report, which gives a shout out to Observation and Ecology:

Learning from the Tubeworm

-Rafe

About Rafe

Rafe Sagarin is a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst at the University of Arizona. In both his science and policy work, Sagarin connects basic observations of nature to issues of broad societal interest, including conservation biology, protecting public trust resources, and making responses to terrorism and other security threats more adaptable. Dr. Sagarin is a recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and has recently published two books, Learning from the Octopus (Basic Books, March 2012) and Observation and Ecology (Island Press, July 2012), which show how nature observation--when extended across large scales and enhanced with both new technologies and greater deference to traditional knowledge sources—is revealing profound new insights about our dynamic social and ecological world. He was a Geological Society of America Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative (and later U.S. Secretary of Labor) Hilda Solis. He has taught ecology and environmental policy at Duke University, California State University Monterey Bay, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Arizona. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy, Homeland Security Affairs and other leading journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the editor, with Terence Taylor of the volume Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World (2008, University of California Press).
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