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As a professor of marine biology for 30 years Joe has been teaching a rich diversity of courses ranging from ornithology to marine invertebrate zoology, as well as leading field courses from Alaskan tundra to Costa Rican tropical rain forests. His pedagogy has developed from a view of life focused on systems thinking and how interrelationships make up the essential nature of life. Joe’s passion for nature is infectious and, when combined with his encyclopedic knowledge, is inspirational for people of all ages. He’s developed and coordinates the Natural History Program at College of Marin and is the 2008 recipient of the Terwilliger Environmental Education Award.