Author Bio

I earned my A.B in Physics from Harvard/Radcliffe in 1963, and my PhD in Geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1970. As my dissertation was on ice fog (which isn't found just anywhere) I stayed at the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute until I retired in 1998. (Yes, it was an early retirement, but I was having vision problems at the time and could not drive to work reliably.) I still live in Alaska, in a suburb of Fairbanks called North Pole.

I'd written quite a lot in my years at UAF, not only professional papers, but science popularizations and articles on canine history. On retirement, I added considerably to my websites on Shetland Sheepdogs and genetics, and began playing with fiction. I've also kept up my interest in gardening (at least in summer!) Alaska's not all snow and ice, and the plant photos decorating some of  these pages prove it--they were taken in my house and garden. I'm also into animals, snowflakes and space. (I taught a beginning astronomy class a few times.) In addition to Homecoming, I've written a sequel as well as a trilogy set a couple of hundred years later but in the same universe and with some of the same characters. Maybe I'll publish them someday, too.