Thursday, January 08, 2004


Here's the first post of my new blog. Hmm, what to say? Well, I think I'll just discuss who I am and why I'm starting this blog

First, the who. I'm a full-time biology instructor at a California community college, and am currently untenured. In my teaching I prefer to focus on the biology of whole organisms, though I also enjoy delving into molecular biology and ecology/evolution. I've used many terms to describe myself professionally in the past, some of which are physiological ecologist, herpetologist, entomologist, and zoologist.

I taught as an adjunct (part-time) instructor in another state before getting my current job, and unfortunately my SO remained in the other state to complete her work. So, for the past year and a half I've been divided between two states. The division is temporary, however, as we're currently in the process of selling our old house and will soon be moving all our belongings to California.

Why am I writing this blog? No one reason stands out in my mind right now; it just seems like a good idea. I enjoy sharing information (probably a good thing for an educator), and my hope is that I can share and discuss topics of interest to me, on both a personal and professional level. I've read blogs for a short while, especially Dear_Raed's during the recent Gulf War, and have found them to be quite fascinating. So, I guess part of my motivation is that I feel that I've leeched enough and that it's about time I started contributing. And heck, it should be fun.

Well, let's see where this thing goes ... enjoy!

1 comment:

Radagast said...

Importing comments:

We definitely do seem to have some common experiences. I wonder how common separation is for academic couples - I know of at least 2 other folks like myself at my current school. I definitely can't wait for the separation to end.

Thanks for the comment! As always, any and all suggestions/comments are appreciated
January 11, 2004, 5:27:20 PM PST – Like – Reply

PZ Myers
You're off to a good start!

We seem to have some common experiences. I'm also an organismal zoologist kind of guy, but I tend to gravitate towards cellular rather than ecological phenomena. I've also gone through something similar to your move: we spent almost a year with the wife in Pennsylvania and me and the kids in Minnesota during the difficult transition from one academic job to another. I'm glad that's over.
January 9, 2004, 8:46:51 AM PST