Science & Environment Writer, Editor
nature & wildlife - archive
The San Diego Union-Tribune Nov. 20, 2002
A vulture with a future: Biologists reintroduce the condor to Baja California
SIERRA SAN PEDRO MARTIR, Mexico – On Oct. 28, 1805, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis were camped at the mouth of the Columbia River when Lewis recorded seeing a huge black vulture, the underside of its wings emblazoned white. "The buzzard is, we believe, the largest bird in North America," Lewis wrote in his journal. …
The San Diego Union-Tribune Aug. 4, 2005
When "in a pinch" won't do: Ultra-picky female fiddler crab cited in UCSD study
In today's overpriced real estate market, men seeking women may want to take some advice from a little animal called the California fiddler crab: Get the best house you can afford -- and maybe something better. Apparently, male fiddler crabs with substandard housing remain sadly single, while those with the goods get all the action, according to a new UCSD study. ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune Oct. 6, 2006
Life flowed from tropics: 10-year study finds connection between world's biodiversity, equator
Embedded in the bluffs below Sunset Cliffs Park in Point Loma is an ancient connection to the tropics: seashell fossils whose ancestors first appeared in equatorial waters millions of years ago. Much of life on Earth can trace its roots to rain forests, tropical oceans and other ecosystems nurtured by the warm, sultry and relatively stable climate of the tropics, a 10-year study in today's journal Science suggests. ...
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Here are a few older articles I wrote from the field about wildlife and biodiversity, when I was a reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune.