Dr. Daniel B. Botkin, is a Professor Emeritus of Biology for UC Santa Barbara, previous Faculty for Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Former Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami, and former Chairman for the University of California’s Environmental Studies Program. He has just recently been selected as Top Environmental Scientist of the Year … [Read more...]
Polar bears are still claimed to be endangered: Are they? Fact and fantasy
Get ready for International Polar Bear Day. The N Y Times reported last December 20th that the conservation organization Polar Bears International, has so designated this February 27.The debate over whether polar bears are an endangered species continues since it was made into a major environmental issue in the United States by Al Gore's 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth. … [Read more...]
25 Myths that are Destroying the Environment: My New Book
Just Published! For decades, environmental scientist and conservationist Daniel B. Botkin has studied the world around us. He has traveled the globe observing nature and the human impact on the environment, and now he has collected his keen observations into this accessible and informative book.25 Myths That Are Destroying the Environment explores the many myths … [Read more...]
How Many Hours Does a Whale Sleep? Folklore Determines “Science”
Excerpt from Strange Encounters: Adventures of a Renegade Naturalist by Daniel B. Botkin.How many hours does a whale sleep?" I asked into the telephone receiver. If anybody could have seen my red face, he would have known how embarrassed I felt asking this question. I was working as a research scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, … [Read more...]
Newsletter April 15, 2014
Hello Readers,I've started a new Video Newsletter, which I thought you might interest you. This is an outgrowth of a print-only newsletter I wrote for several years and then took a break. In these new video issues, I will discuss a wide variety of topics: science, music, poetry, and art as they form a context for life in our time and especially what we believe to be … [Read more...]
Daniel B. Botkin Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor of Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, and Professor (Emeritus), Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara.The New York Times has called him "one of the world's leading environmental researchers," who has "done much to popularize the concept of using yet maintaining the world's natural … [Read more...]
New Speech Topic: The Future of Our National Parks: How Should They Fit into the 21st Century?
2016 will be the centennial of the National Park Service and it faces many challenges, which I will discuss and make recommendations. These include: appealing to America’s ever more diverse population; conservation of biodiversity as the environment changes; invasive species; introduction of endangered species; the role of the parks in responses to climate change; the use of … [Read more...]
Is it People Versus Nature or People Within Nature?
Among the many stories that have come out of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition that got stuck in the ice, is this quote: “It's fantastic—I love it when the ice wins and we don't," marine ecologist Tracy Rogers told the BBC journalist onboard, adding: "It reminds you that as humans, we don't control everything and that the natural world—it's the winner here." It’s an … [Read more...]