Environmental Science

Solana Beach author uses science and a tortoise to teach kids about nature

Solana Beach author uses science and a tortoise to teach kids about nature

As a kid who spent a lot of time with his siblings exploring the nature that surrounded them, Paul Dayton learned to love natural history. When he found out that he could grow up and study nature for a living, his career path was set.

A professor emeritus of marine ecology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dayton has not only spent a career fascinated by and studying life underwater, he also remains interested in, and committed to, preserving the desert ecology from his childhood in Arizona. He’s published a children’s book, “Rabbits and Rats, Birds and Seeds, Cactus and Trees: Plants and Animals at Work in El Pinacate, Sonoran Desert, Mexico,” which tells the story of the...

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