PhD. physicist and explorer, who enjoys visiting far corners of the world. Prior faculty positions teaching graduate level courses at Santa Clara University and UC Davis; founded a USA based environmental science think tank. Prior National Academy of Sciences advising the President and Congress on environmental issues. Early work in ferromagnetic spin-wave quantum mechanics and NASA Apollo.

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Southern Elephant Seal - Photo (c) c michael hogan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Southern Elephant Seal Info
The southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) is one of the two extant (still existing) species of elephant seals. It is both the largest pinniped and member of the order Carnivora living today, as well as the largest Antarctic seal. The seal gets its name from its great size and the large proboscis of the adult males, which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season. The southern elephant seal is the... (From Wikipedia)
Crocodylus niloticus - Photo (c) c michael hogan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Crocodylus niloticus Info
The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is an African crocodile and the second largest extant reptile in the world, after the saltwater crocodile. The Nile crocodile is quite widespread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, occurring mostly in the central, eastern, southern and some western parts of the continent and lives in different types of aquatic environments such as lakes, rivers and marshlands. Although capable of living in saline environments, this species is rarely found in saltwater, but occasionally inhabits... (From Wikipedia)
Parson's Chameleon - Photo (c) c michael hogan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Parson's Chameleon Info
The Parson's chameleon (Calumma parsonii) is a very large species of chameleon that is endemic to isolated pockets of humid primary forest in eastern and northern Madagascar. It is listed on CITES Appendix II, meaning that trade in this species is regulated. As with the majority of chameleon species from Madagascar, it is illegal to import Parson's chameleons from their native country. (From Wikipedia)
Diademed Sifaka - Photo (c) c_michael_hogan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by c michael hogan CC
Diademed Sifaka Info
The diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema), or diademed simpona, is an endangered species of sifaka, one of the lemurs endemic to certain rainforests in eastern Madagascar. This species is one of the world's largest living lemurs, with a total adult length of approximately 105 centimetres (41 inches), half of which is tail. Russell Mittermeier, one of the contemporary authorities on lemurs, describes the diademed sifaka as "one of the most colorful and attractive of all the lemurs", having a... (From Wikipedia)
White Stork - Photo (c) c_michael_hogan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by c michael hogan CC
White Stork Info
The white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average 100–115 cm (39–45 in) from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215 cm (61–85 in) wingspan. The two subspecies, which differ slightly in size, breed in Europe (north to Finland), northwestern Africa, southwestern Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan) and southern... (From Wikipedia)
Welwitschia mirabilis - Photo (c) Andrea, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Welwitschia mirabilis Info
Welwitschia is a monotypic gymnosperm genus, comprising solely the very distinct Welwitschia mirabilis. The plant is commonly known simply as Welwitschia, and has various common names in local languages, for example kharos or khurub in Nama, tweeblaarkanniedood in Afrikaans, nyanka in Damara, and onyanga in Herero. It is the only genus of the family Welwitschiaceae and order Welwitschiales, in the division Gnetophyta. Informal sources commonly refer to the plant as a "living fossil".Welwitschia mirabilis is endemic... (From Wikipedia)
South American Gray Fox - Photo (c) c michael hogan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
South American Gray Fox Info
The South American gray fox (Lycalopex griseus), also known as the Patagonian fox, the chilla, or the grey zorro, is a species of zorro, the "false" foxes. (From Wikipedia)
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