Barry Rice

- doing science on a terrestrial planet -

Nosey Stuff

I earned my undergraduate degree in physics and astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, i.e., geek central. My Ph.D. in astronomy was earned under Erick Young, at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. My research was into the nature of star formation regions, especially medium to low mass stars with accretion disks, embedded in dense dust clouds. Can't you just smell the formation of Earth-like planets in action?

In August 2009 I joined the astronomy faculty at Sierra College, where as a now fully-tenured professor, I teach classes in astronomy and astrobiology.

Invasive species
I worked as a scientist for The Nature Conservancy's Global Invasive Species Team from 1997-2009. I worked to educate the Conservancy staff, its partners, and the public, on matters of strategic conservation importance.

Carnivorous plants
While I grow a relatively small collection of a few hundred plants, my main interest is in studying them in the wild. My current research interests are focused upon the distribution of Drosera and Utricularia in western states, especially California, and the pollination biology of Darlingtonia californica. I maintain an appointment as an Associate Scientist with the University of California's Center for Biodiversity.

I grow several hundred species of plants, mostly xerophytes or geophytes. If you want to know what those are--well, you're connected to the web, right?

Writing and editing
I am Science Editor for Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, published by The International Carnivorous Plant Society. Despite its somewhat unimpressive name, it blends informal news with peer-reviewed papers.

Martial arts
I earned 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and fourth degree black belts in Kempo karate under Shihan Richard Baciarini and Manoi Jim Trapani. I also studied Senkotiros Philippine stick fighting under Manoi Jim Trapani and earned a black sash. During this time my grandmaster was Professor Max M. Pallen. I now train and teach at Inspire Martial Arts, in Davis California.

I am a very active photographer, working almost exclusively with plants, and within that subset I concentrate on carnivorous plants and invasive species. I market my work to private companies, publishers, nonprofits, and galleries.

Geek culture
My personal moral code is pretty much encapsulated by the ethics of Star Fleet. Accordingly, you'll often find me in full Star Fleet uniform, at weddings, special events, or teaching my classes. Think I'm joking? I'm not.

If you happen to catch me in a rare mood, I will play a yidaki (didjeridu) for you. These are aboriginal Australian wind instruments. I have two (show below), and also an Arizonan dreampipe.
a yidaki
a yidaki


May 2018