Observation in the Coldest Place on Earth

Jackie Sones' Photo of Bodega (Brrrrr!)

Jackie Sones’ Photo of Bodega (Brrrrr!)

Apologies if you thought this post would be about Antarctica.  It’s about Bodega Head, California, which always just feels like the coldest place on Earth to me when I trek out there through relatively sunny Petaluma and into the enveloping fog and dampness.  But it is a natural historian’s delight, and I just wanted to pass on a link to Jackie Sones’ blog that has fabulous photos and great stories about her observations there.  Both she and partner Eric Sanford, a wonderful coastal ecologist on the faculty of UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Lab, were featured in a great National Geographic story about the diversity of tidepools.

-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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