The official website of Stanford Class Bio 21 – The Science of the Extreme Life of the Sea
Based on the book Extreme Life of the Sea, this course will explore the new science about how marine species thrive in some of the world’s most difficult environments. Species that live in the hottest, coldest, deepest and shallowest habitats will be described along with the genetic, biochemical, physiological and behavioral adaptations that allow them to persist. A major outcome is a blending of divergent ways of thinking, the narrative of science, and training about how to craft written narratives that bring science alive to people from all backgrounds. New science demands creativity and expression demands knowledge. This course blends the two ways of thinking by establishing two parallel tracks of lecture material – the science of ocean life, and the tools of the new field of creative non-fiction.
Day and Times of the course: Tuesdays 3:00 – 5:30 in STLC 111
About the Instructor:
Stephen R. Palumbi, Ph.D.,
is the Jane and Marshall Steel Professor of Marine Science in the Biology Department of Stanford University at the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey. His research focuses on using genomic tools to understand, conserve and restore marine populations from whales to sharks to corals. His research has appeared in over 200 publications, and been featured in outlets from the New York Times to the Seattle His film projects include the PBS series Big Pacific, BBC series The Future Is Wild, the History channel’s Life after People, and the Short Attention Span Science Theater. He the author of Extreme Life of the Sea (with Anthony Palumbi), The Death and Life of Monterey Bay (with Caroyln Sotka) and The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change. Website: http://palumbi.stanford.edu/