What They Say

I have just read “Muck Raking” and “Naming the Nameless,” two very funny pieces dealing with community gardening and a field study course on the New Brunswick coast, along with a much more sombre article, “The Ugly History of Wild Rubber”...These essays should be put together in a book...They’re terrific reads. Thanks for sharing them.”

Glen C. Filson, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph.



“There is nothing so wonderful as the lifetime’s experience of a scientist-observer distilled into deep insights borne of insatiable curiosity and a joy of learning. This book will delight all readers, and should be required reading for anyone considering a career in biology.”

Daniel R. Brooks, Senior Research Fellow, University of Nebraska Museum.



Curious animals such as sloths, slugs and sand dollars are interwoven into essays by a scientist in love with natural history but appalled by aspects of human history.  These essays range from first-hand, joyful explorations of nature and academic life to researched critiques of scientific fraud and cruel abuse of indigenous peoples by colonial masters. 

          Amy S. Johnson, Department of Biology, Bowdoin College, Maine.



This is what my daughter's Father-in-Law had to say:

"I'm having a wonderful time with your book. Just finished the first five chapters and find myself both learning and laughing at the same time. I suspect that I would have become addicted to your 'lectures' if we can use the term. I'm probably learning more about Malcolm than about zoology and that's fine with me. I must say 'echinoderms' are bedoming fascinating little creatures and that I'm a great believer in the power of the 'narative'."

Abraham Chiasson, Retired, Ottawa, December 1, 2016