I retired from full-time teaching in 2002 after 28 years at
the College of the Siskiyous. During these years I taught chemistry,
biology, anthropology and computer programming and was Vice President
of Technology Services for 2 years. I am currently teaching Biological Anthropology.
of mine because it covers many aspects of
evolution and genetics of Homo
sapiens. In the last few years I've been studying the local
pikas (see below) and documenting a 20 million year old fossil forest
from Siskiyou County. I like to swim, snorkel, snowboard, hike
and play kihoalu (Hawaiian-style guitar).
I live with my wife (Linda Freeman), the spirit of our dog Pretzel, and many forest
creatures a few miles west of Weed, California.
B.S. Computer Science, Southern Oregon State University (1984)
The Shasta Pika
At right is a picture of a pika (aka. cony, rock-rabbit,
calling hare) Ochotona, that lives on Mt. Shasta. Pikas are
related to rabbits and are rarely seen by hikers on the mountain because they mostly
timberline and are very inconspicuous. On Mount Shasta, unlike most
localities, they make very
little noise. I have been mapping their distribution on Mt. Shasta to
compare with some hundred-year-old records. In the intermountain west
populations are dwindling. It is thought that this is probably due to
global warming. I am
interested to see if the same pattern is present on Mt. Shasta.
Visit www.shastapika.org for more
information and my results.