blue river alders  A QUIET STAND OF ALDERS   blue river alders
"The alder, whose fat shadow nourisheth

                                    All set neere to him long flourisheth." -- William Browne, c. 1613

       Welcome to A Quiet Stand of Alders, the website of Stanley Rice, a science educator and writer. If you care passionately about the natural world and its evolutionary history, this website is for you.  ...   More about...

November 14, 2015
Intelligent Design, as Explained by Sock Puppets

The 104th Annual Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences has just concluded, ... The OAS Technical meetings are an excellent venue to connect with our fellow scientists from around the state. It is also an excellent place for students to present their first research results in a non-threatening environment. But I need to comment on a student presentation in the Science Communication and Education section. The two students, from Oral Roberts University, gave a presentation that was clearly not research. It was a scripted presentation that was very similar to one given by the science dean at ORU (who was a co-author on this presentation) back in 2012,... But unlike the deanís presentation back in 2012, this presentation had sock puppets. ...   More...

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    Would you like your students to be actively involved citizens? Maybe you can get them started by having them write letters to tobacco corporations protesting their marketing of deadly products. Click here for instructions that I provide my students for this extra credit project.

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
 Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
New York: Facts on File, 2011.

Life of Earth
 Life of Earth: Portrait of a Beautiful, Middle-Aged, Stressed-Out Planet
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2011.
(Mandarin Chinese edition - Taiwan: BWP 2011)

Green Planet
 Green Planet  Now in paperback & Kindle ebook!
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
(paperback 2012)

Encyclopedia of Evolution
Encyclopedia of Evolution
New York: Facts on File, 2007.

(mostly of nature, many illustrating evolution) 

galapagos sea lions under cactus    general sherman tree    booby guano ring

Archived essays that appeared on this website in 2008-2012.
New essays can be found on Stan's blogs:

Honest Ab (evolution and related scientific and social topics)
Republican Climate  (politics)

Presentations & Events   Stan Rice as Charles Darwin

PDF scripts of Stan's recent presentations:   
Confessions of an Oklahoma Evolutionist: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 
Root Foraging: A General Botany Project 
   God and Natural Selection 
   Altruism for Fun and Profit 
   Global Warming

Honest Ab
author with the world's largest peanut 
a blog about evolution, ecology, and connected political and religious issues

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Darwin Does Not Debate
   Should evolutionary scientists debate creationists? 
Darwin, Sushi, and the Origin of Complex Cells
Emma Plays Music for Charles
Darwin Gives You a Kiss
   Kissing and language both evolved from a basic mammalian trait.
Is Darwin a Zombie?
Darwin and Some Real Dinosaur Footprints
Rappa Nui Darwin
   Darwin summarizes the evolution of life in a rap.
... and other videos on  The Darwin Channel


New!   Adjusting to the World: How Plants Survive and Prosper   New!
Ph.D. thesis (1986), in plain English and with illustrations


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