"I can no other answer make but thanks. And thanks."
– William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Here I express gratitude for my life:

Website Acknowledgements: I give heartfelt thanks to all who contributed, especially Pinde Fu and Katherine Burroughs who built this website; Nina Allmendinger, Rose Sniatowski, Julie Moyer, Kai Safran, Alison Carrington, Matlock Zumsteg, and other assistants who developed content; along with other dear friends, family, students, and colleagues who have given valuable input along the way.


I am grateful for the people in my life...

  • Family
  • Relatives
  • Friends
  • Loved ones
  • Classmates
  • Teachers
  • Mentors
  • Students
  • Colleagues
  • Co-workers
  • Assistants
  • Yoga buddies
  • Healthcare practitioners
  • Caregivers
  • Great and ordinary people
  • All I respect and admire
  • All who have shown me kindness and generosity
  • All who have smiled and laughed with me
  • All who have contributed to our society
  • Ancestors


I am grateful for the places dearest to my heart...

  • My Homeland: where I grew up and return to when I can - mountains, canyons, and mesas of northern New Mexico (Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and surroundings)
  • Colorado Mountains: where I have been inspired and renewed - hiking, wildflowers, friends, bicycling, yoga, skiing, rivers, hot springs (Crested Butte, Pagosa Springs, and surroundings)
  • California Coast: where I spent many happy years - ocean, mountain, flora, fauna, universities (UCSC, Stanford, UCSB, UCB), friends (Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, LA, Menlo Park, Aptos, Sausalito, San Diego, Santa Rosa).
  • Massachusetts: Harvard, Harvard Forest (Cambridge, Petersham)
  • Kansas: KU, my first home (Lawrence)
  • Costa Rica: rainforest, beach (La Selva, Monteverde, Las Cruces, Manuel Antonio)
  • Panama: Barro Colorado Island
  • Mexico: dry forest and beach (Chamela, Troncones, Rosarito)
  • Italy: countryside and city, a blind date, love, art, food, travels with Mom (Florence, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Venice, Rome, Vienna)
  • Austria: lecturing at Forest Ecology Institute, walking, concerts (Vienna)
  • Canada: Ottawa, Boreal study sites in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Montreal, Toronto, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay
  • Alaska: wildlands, hiking (Anchorage, Seward, Wrangell-St Elias)
  • Hawaii: sun, ocean, island people, dolphins, turtles, natural history (Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Oahu)
  • New Zealand: like going back in time to a gentler way of living, nature, mountains (Christchurch)
  • China: lecturing as an honored guest, seeing amazing sights - Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Yellow River, Shaolin Temple, Longmen Caves (Beijing, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Shanghai)
  • India: Yoga, people, colors, sounds, smells with the volume turned up (Pune, Mumbai)
  • Health Centers: Optimum Health Institute (OHI), Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI), Sanoviv, True North
  • Other Travels: Barbuda, Antigua, Jamaica, Bonaire, Peru, Honduras, England, France, Spain


I am grateful for the experiences of my life...

  • Love of my family: Mom, Dad, Michael, and Dianne
  • True friends
  • Time spent in nature
  • Learning to swim
  • Being loved by my parents
  • Eating good food
  • Playing with friends as a child
  • Running barefoot
  • Climbing mountains
  • Learning botany
  • Being on the Environmental Awareness Performance team
  • Learning classical guitar
  • Falling in love
  • Attending USCS
  • The Natural History Field Quarter
  • Studying elephant seals on Año Nuevo Island
  • Backpacking
  • Attending Harvard
  • Being a postdoc at Stanford
  • Being a professor
  • Practicing yoga
  • Traveling
  • My first house
  • Finding love
  • Helping others
  • Cooking
  • Laughing
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Dancing
  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Riding my bicycle


I am grateful for goodness in all its forms...

Truth, Benevolence, Love, and Trust: cornerstones of life.

  • Kindness
  • Mindfulness
  • Gratitude
  • Generosity
  • Care
  • Consideration
  • Intelligence
  • Friendliness
  • Courtesy
  • Respect
  • Humor
  • Passion
  • Moderation
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Light Heartedness

PMR /na /kab /arc