Meet The Naturalist

Aloha, I’m the Private Naturalist.

Maui Mike, The Private Naturalist

Me staring into the webcam. Update 2017: There’s more gray in the beard these days.

You may have noticed that’s the name of this blog, as well… clever, eh?

So… enough small talk: Here’s a bit of verbiage about who I am.

I grew up in the cities of Oakland and Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area of California during the 1950s and 1960s. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and California State University East Bay where I obtained Baccalaureate degrees in English and Geology, and state teaching credentials.

For several years, I taught GED courses in Earth Science for the Hayward School District (part time) and volunteered as a trip leader and scientist-docent with the Mid Peninsula Regional Open Space District (San mateo County, California). I was a Project Geologist and Technical Publications Editor with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for 16 years. I was stationed in Menlo Park (California), Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and Denver (Colorado).

I spent 10 years as a consulting scientist and field/curatorial assistant with the Paleontology Department of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), and the Morrison (Colorado) Natural History Museum. I got a museum curation/restoration specialist certificate with DMNS and participated in several dinosaur digs in Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

In 2004 I bought a home in the town of Kihei on Maui, where I lived and worked until the Summer of 2016. My “back yard” was Ma’alaea Bay, whose white-sand palm-lined beach is a short walk across the road. I spent most of my free time on whale-watching cruises and exploring Maui and the other Sister Islands.

In 2016, I accepted a position with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a science editor and writer. I now live full time in Livermore, a short distance from the Lab. However, I still own my condo on Maui and have yet to close off that part of my past life.

I have lived, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the western states of the US, the Hawaiian Islands, Canada, western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean region. Currently, I’m re-discovering California after a long absence of more than 30 years. In that time, a lot has changed in the state’s natural world; California’s a big state, so I have a good deal of exploring ahead of me!

My personal interests include digital photography, blogging & website development, genealogy, and the natural history of the places where I’ve lived and visited. My favorite hobbies are whale watching; collecting sea shells, fossils, and minerals; and beach combing. In the near future, I intend to travel through Great Britain (I will take more photographs this time around).

My photography website is FOOTPRINTS IN PARADISE ( It contains photos of the plants, animals, people and physical environment of Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands. The OTHER DESTINATIONS galleries include photos of other places throughout the world in which I’ve lived or traveled. Recently, I posted a gallery containing photos of my shell collection. I’m planning to add a California gallery this year. It’ll include the vintage pics from the California section of the OTHER DESTINATIONS gallery, as well as my newer shots from 2017 onward.

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