Prof. Palumbi teaches and conducts research in evolution and marine biology at Stanford University, and has long been fascinated by how quickly the world around us changes. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he has worked in Washington State, Hawaii, Massachusetts and California. He has lectured extensively on human-induced evolutionary change, has used genetic detective work to identify whales for sale in retail markets, and is working on new methods to help design marine parks for conservation. Prof. Palumbi recently published a book for non-scientists that documents the impact of humans on evolution, particularly of disease and pest organisms (The Evolution Explosion WW Norton, NY), and is a common lecturer on the Darwin Day circuit. In addition, he helped write, research and also appears in a new TV series The Future is Wild (BBC, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel) that explores the way evolution may shape the future. Continuing projects include work on a new microdocumentary series called Short Attention Span Science Theater, a new book on the surprising rebirth of Monterey Bay after the industrial canneries, and completion of a CD with his studio band Sustainable Soul.
Prof. Palumbi holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous awards for research and conservation, including a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. He lives in Pacific Grove, CA with his family and is based at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station.
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