I retired from teaching in Spring 2014 after 40 years at
the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California. During these years I taught chemistry,
biology, anthropology and computer programming and was Vice President
of Technology Services for 2 years. I can be contacted at goehringk @ siskiyous.edu.
In the last dozen 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, hike
and play fingerstyle 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.A. Botany, Oregon State University (1972)
M.A. Biosystematics, University of California, Santa Barbara (1974)
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
live at timberline and are very inconspicuous. On Mount Shasta, unlike most
localities, they make very little noise. I have been mapping their distribution on the mountain to
compare with some hundred-year-old records. In the intermountain west
populations are dwindling. 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.