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Evolution of a Biologist: Conversation with Roy L. Caldwell, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; by Harry Kreisler, 6/20/01.

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Roy L. Caldwell, who is Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California at Berkeley.

  1. Background ... growing up in Iowa ... education ... books read
  2. Being a Biological Scientist ... observation and patience ... the whole animal ... awe ... creativity ... listening to the animal
  3. Research: Invertebrate Marine Biology ... from insects to marine invertebrates ... the stomatopod ... advanced weapon system ... spearers and smashers ... aggression and communication ... interdependence of evolutionary systems ... animal arms races ... different types of biologists
  4. Doing Underwater Research ... the Aquarius ... advantages of underwater habitat ... limitations of surface scuba diving ... adjusting to the habitat ... difficulties of living in Aquarius
  5. Photography ... learning from nature photographers and filmmakers ... new observations from photography ... discovery of stomatopods' polarized display
  6. Vision in the Stomatopods ... hypothesis and experiments ... sophisticated system of color vision ... comparison with the human eye ... memory and recognition in the stomatopod
  7. The Aquarius Mission ... studying response to polarized light ... planning and flexibility in a mission
  8. Lesson Learned ... advice for students ... persistence ... becoming an environmentalist ... witnessing the deterioration of the environment ... the role of scientists

The archival and research photos are courtesy of Roy Caldwell. See also his website, Secrets of the Stomatopod

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