B.S., Zoology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
In 1966, after receiving my undergraduate degree in zoology from Humboldt State University in California, I became a Peace Corps volunteer for 5 years, working as a secondary school science teacher and then a museum education officer in Kenya. In 1976, I completed my Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya; my dissertation topic was the behavioral ecology of sengis or elephant-shrews. I repatriated to the United States with a two-year Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellowship at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. My professional career was as a federal research biologist and project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida manatee and California sea otter programs. Upon retirement in 1999, I became a Scientist Emeritus of the U.S. Geological Survey. I have served on the Committee of Scientific Advisers to the US Marine Mammal Commission, and also as an associate editor for the journal Marine Mammal Science. Currently, I am on the review panel of the African Journal of Ecology. Since 2000, my professional affiliation has been with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco as a Fellow and Research Associate in the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy. In 2001, I became the founding Chair of the Afrotheria Specialist Group of the IUCN – the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which involves many international conservation issues.