Michael Konrad - Life On The Dock (Sausalito)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Life On The Dock is an informal introduction to marine biology using life on and near a floating dock in a ocean estuary as examples. We look at large and small animals and plants and follow the development of several species from egg to adult. Who eats who defines food chains in the Dock ecology. A major theme is that diversity and total mass increases as the size of organisms decrease: small is where the action is. Anyone can look under the Dock and see their own special community of organisms. Suggestions for microscopes, plankton nets, use of the Internet, and interacting with professional biologists are described at the end of the book.

Michael Konrad grew up in a Navy family, moving between East and West coasts almost every two years, always living close to the water. In 1954 he enrolled in Caltech when nuclear physics was every young scientist’s dream, but within two years discovered biology, went to UC Berkeley to get a doctorate in biophysics, and to Harvard for research in James Watson’s laboratory. He taught biochemistry in the UCLA Chemistry Department, went back to UC Berkeley as a Research Associate and then joined the staff of Cetus, one of the first biotechnology companies. He finally “retired” in Sausalito, a small town on the shore of San Francisco Bay, where he is able to row on the water several days a week and spend the other days looking at marine life on and off the dock. His book, “Life on the Dock” is a collection of photographs and stories about the plants and animals that live on the sides of the floating docks in Sausalito.

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965