Welcome to The Beagle Project – an attempt to read and reflect on Charles Darwin’s Beagle Diary in real time over a five year period – 180 years to the date the original entries were recorded. See the first post – Welcome to the Beagle Project! – for some additional details on the goals of the project.
The project was organized by Rob Viens, and includes participation from other members of the Bellevue College Science Division. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As new “shipmates” join the journey, thier names will be added below.
Who am I?
Rob was born in upstate New York. He entered Cornell University with plans to be an astronomer, but found geology to be much more down to Earth. He moved to Seattle to pursue his PhD at the University of Washington, where he specialized in glaciers, climate, and Northwest geology. Rob spent his summers in Alaska “tracking glaciers” – trying to determine where they had been in the past and how they were affected by climate change. He spent several years teaching geology and environmental science around Puget Sound, designing web pages, and volunteering and working at the Woodland Park Zoo, before settling in at Bellevue College. At BC Rob is currently serving as the Dean of Science, but over the years he has kept himself busy teaching several geology and environmental science classes, advising the BC Student Science Association, and promoting sustainable practices. Rob is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador (contact me if you are interested in a talk). He currently resides on the planet Earth, on the Eocene Blakeley and Renton formations in Bellevue, with his wife, daughter, son and cats.