Jere H. Lipps
Museum of Paleontology
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Jere H. Lipps returned in October from teaching his favorite class “The Biology and Geology of Tropical Islands” on the island of Moorea, just 18 km from Tahiti in the South Pacific.  His class had 22 junior and senior university students.  Each picks their own research project after a week of introductory field trips to the reefs, streams and mountains of Moorea, led by Lipps and his colleagues.  “Teaching in the field is the only way to do it.  Lectures and books just can’t fill in for the real world” he says.  “The students learn to be scientists and some even publish their work in the scientific literature.”  For a complete biobibliography, see Jere’s web site.

Jere at the grottos on the island of Tahiti in 2002.