We sent out a message to everyone of of the 1900+ scientists we referenced in our book. Some of the answers we have gotten back have been fun to read.
Dear Richard,I can’t imagine why you might have cited my work in ecology in Embryogenesis Explained. You’ve certainly piqued my curiosity, though. Can you give me a hint? :o)Congratulations on your achievement. I look forward to hearing back from you.All the best,Peter
Marchand, P.J. (2014). Life in the Cold: An Introduction to Winter Ecology. Hanover, University Press of New England, 4th.
In biology, the atom is generally the level at which we start our studies.
The energies involved in splitting atoms or fusing atomic nuclei releases
ionizing radiation which damages living organisms. So we think of
organisms as made up of stable atoms, and usually do not have to trouble
our thoughts with what is going on at lower, subatomic levels. Exceptions
are when we have to think about the key role of natural background
radiation in generating mutations, and thus in evolution23. This energy
also keeps the ground warm in winter (ref 24), permitting life to go on under
the snow (ref 25).
This is part of the background setting up reductionism vs holism in solving embryogenesis. The rub is that quantum mechanics is holistic, as I show. Had this checked by a friend who writes books on quantum mechanics.
While it’s not my forte, I have taught Pollution Biology, and learned some ecology in the process. There seems to be a nice overlapping field of ecoembryology waiting to be developed. I coined the word while writing a grant application:
Rudloe, J., N.K. Björklund-Gordon, R. Gordon, A. Hodges, M. Hodges, K. Lu, E.W. Cake & C. Rudloe (2013). A Vision for Sustainable Farming of Oysters Along Florida’s Forgotten Coast: A Restore Act Proposal. Panacea, Florida, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory.