A warm welcome

Last summer, a colleague from long-ago called me out of the blue.  Brooke Smith had been my intern 15 years ago when I was running the Washington, DC office of Marine Conservation Biology Institute (now Marine Conservation Institute).  She was an exceptional intern and it was obvious to me that she would go far in a career straddling the worlds of environmental science and policy. … Continue reading A warm welcome

Hearts and minds

Sometimes you see things only when you’re looking for them.  Or as a wise friend of mine says “the teacher emerges when the student is ready to learn.”   Perhaps that’s why I keep running into Randy Olson’s stuff these days.  Olson is the Harvard-trained Ph.D. biologist who gave up a tenured professorship at the University of New Hampshire to move to Hollywood and become a … Continue reading Hearts and minds