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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


June 24, 2008


Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Irvine

Today’s Date: 23 April 2008

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

Chernobyl. When we were told we can't go outside to play. And can't drink milk. And can't eat spinach.

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

The wheat, rye, and barley fields outside my town.

Now? I go to the beach. But it does not feel like nature. Southern California is too commercial.

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is and why?

All sorts of reptiles. Because they are not furry and because people don't tend to keep them as pets. At least not as much as cats and dogs, which I really don't like for that reason.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

Food is a problem now and will be an even greater problem in the future. Agriculture, the way it is conventionally done, is just not sustainable.

5. If you could give one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

Pay more money for food. People need to push for a change in the way food is produced. And they have to be willing to pay for it.

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