Research, Academic Interests, and Areas of Expertise
Conservation Biology: work with local stickleback fish and the highly endangered Ethiopian wolf.
Evolutionary Biology: Current interests include the analysis of fighting behavior in deer and antelopes and the evolution of senescence.
Animal Behavior: I have studied fish, birds and mammals. I now have a study of camouflage behavior in owls.
My PhD in the mid-1970s was on altruism in African Wild Dogs in Tanzania. It was squarely in the field of sociobiology and I worked with one of the major theorists in the field, Robert Trivers at Harvard. The major paper arising from this work has received over 100 citations.
It was clear over 35 years ago that the African Wild Dog was rare and I collected data on numbers and distribution. While a grad student, I took a trip to Ethiopia to study the rarest of all members of the dog family, the Ethiopian wolf, and published the first systematic paper on the species.
Coming to Redlands in 1981, I looked for a project that could be done cheaply and by undergraduates. I looked at stickleback fish, a species I had looked at briefly as an undergraduate at Oxford in England. Students and I collected extensive data on microevolution of the species in the local mountains. In addition I brought to light a new form of stickleback which was declared endangered and work has included many efforts to protect the new form and investigate its origins.
Since 1975, I have continued to work in Ethiopia using my sabbaticals. In 2002 I did a survey of the large and beautiful mountain nyala which occurs only in SE Ethiopia. In 2004 I was selected to be the Project Manager for the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme. The programme is run from Oxford University of which I was an employee. I lived in Ethiopia and supervised a staff of 25 Ethiopians as they collected data, offered an education program and inoculated dogs to prevent rabies from spreading to the wolves.
Courses Offered at Redlands
Principles of biology, Philosophy of Science, Extinction, Development of Human Behavior, Development, Evolution, Animal Behavior, Contemporary issues in Ecology, Africa Today, Conservation Biology, The Wolf, Conceptions of Nature, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Introductory Design Studio in Environmental studies, Zoology
Awards, Honors and Grants
Fauna and Flora Preservation Society 1976
National Geographic Society 1987
California Department of Fish and Game 2000
Research presentations at Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, Oxford, Arizona State, and the Smithsonian.
University of California Riverside
Cal State University Long Beach
Loma Linda University, La Sierra
Loyola Marymount University
Animal Behavior Society
Society of Conservation Biologists
East African Wildlife Society
Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society