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Colleague References

Craig Thompson
Chairman of the Board
National Wildlife Federation
Professor, Western Wyoming College

Matt Kolan, Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources,University of Vermont

Richard Kyte, Ph.D., Director, Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership,Viterbo University

The Institure for the Study of Animal Problems
Michael Fox, DSc, Phd, BVet Med, MRCVS, Director

James W. Foster, D.V.M.

Charles Cameron

James Aumiller PhD
Professor of Chemistry
Western Wyomng College

Frank PowellPhD
Professor, Health and Exercise Science and Sustainability Liaison
Center of Sustainability and Enviromental Education
Furman University, Greenville, SC

Frank PowellPhD

Jon Young, Senior Author of Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature,

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********************** About Randall L

About Randall L. Eaton, Ph.D. Plus Administrative,

Management and Leadership Experience


 “I have known Randy well...a genius, innovative, caring...an exceptional leader...able to bring the best out of people.”

                James W. Foster, DVM, President, American Assoc Zoo Vets


 “I have admired the originality and boldness of your work...one of the few truly

humanistic scientists.”

               Edward O. Wilson, Harvard


“I know him well.  I have taught with him. I have read his publications, though not all. I have seen him work. I know his abilities… He is simply one of the most committed, best organized, highest energy, and most interesting people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.”

                Craig Thompson, Chairman of the Board, National Wildlife Federation


“A man of great breadth and depth, a man who brings a unique perspective to higher education... Randy is a man of great heart and integrity. An accomplished author and speaker, he is comfortable dealing with everyone from youngsters to hard-nosed media types who've seen and heard it all… great energy, wit, understanding and perseverance…”

                Dan Small, Ph.D., Dan Small Outdoor Productions

“Extremely energetic, very intelligent and highly motivated...never runs out of ideas or enthusiasm, an excellent and stimulating teacher.”

                Ernest E. Provost, Professor of Zoology, U. Georgia


“Over the past 15 years I’ve video recorded many well known speakers –

 Deepok Chopra, John Gray, Ram Dass – but rarely if ever have I heard

  anyone speak so eloquently.”

                Mark Waters, High Country Productions


“I have known Randy since 1975 when I came to the University of Washington to work (study) with him… has a passion that does not quit…highly effective communicator…insightful and

intelligent…an excellent speaker, confident and thoughtful…a remarkable human being

with firm beliefs and a commitment to change the world.”

                Samuel Wasser, Ph.D., Endowed Chair in Conservation Biology,   

                             University of Washington



Randall Eaton holds an international reputation in animal behavior, human behavioral evolution and wildlife conservation. He also has made contributions to environmental ethics, anthropology, history of science, semiotics, prehistoric art, mythology, comparative religion, Native American studies and men´s studies. Dr. Eaton has held faculty positions in psychology, zoology, wildlife and humanities at University of Washington, University of Georgia, Florida Atlantic University, etc., and has held adjunct posts at University of Alberta, U.C.L.A., Oregon State University,  Evergreen State College, etc. At University of Washington, Eaton´s overall instruction was rated by students among the 92nd percentile of faculty campus-wide.


Courses taught: introductory psychology, developmental psychology, educational

psychology, philosophy of education, zoology, wildlife biology, forest recreation; mammalogy; marine mammalogy; animal behavior, sociobiology; human social behavior;  environmental studies, environmental ethics, animals and attitudes, science and western civilization, hunting societies, scientist as philosopher, prehistoric art, science for humanists, philosophy of Ortega y Gasset; Research Methods in Transcendental Psychology; numerous seminars.


Continuing and adult education courses taught: cats, wild and domestic; behavior of whales and dolphins; wildlife conservation; a circle of men; lions and wolves, orcas and humans; pros and cons of hunting; zoo animal behavior.


 Randall Eaton was nominated by V.P. Nelson Rockefeller as Chief, Office of Endangered Species, USDI, and was invited to apply for a tenured position in vertebrate behavior at Harvard by Edward O. Wilson.


Two of the 15 books he authored or edited won national awards. He has received awards for his magazine writing.  Dr. Eaton published 115 papers in refereed journals including Science, Journal Wildlife Management, Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie, Evolution, J. History Behavioral Sciences, etc. His popular communications have appeared in Sports Illustrated, New York Times, Utne Reader, Magical Blend, Das Tier, Jack and Jill, Cat Fancy, National Parks Magazine, Defenders of Wildlife News, Bugle, African Wildlife,

IHEA Journal, etc.  Many websites post his writing.


Recent reprints have appeared in Animal Ethics and the magazine of the United Methodist Men’s organization.


                “He may well be the next Loren Eiseley, who, until I read Dr. Eaton’s work,

                  in my mind had no peer.”

                             Michael W. Fox, Humane Society of U.S.

                “...an important work...does not compromise accuracy and detail.”

                              John F. Eisenberg, Smithsonian magazine

                “Selected in this issue as outstanding scientific/technical book of the year.”

                              Library Journal

                “He’s such a good story teller I thought he must be from the South.”

                             Ken Wilber, Editor, Shambala Press


 He has received 13 awards for his TV documentary productions. His film, “Orca – The Sacred Whale,” won first place among natural history broadcasts in 2000. Randall Eaton also produced The Sacred Hunt, which won 11 awards and is the all-time, top-selling production about hunting. It received rave reviews in 176 newspapers and magazines in North America.


               “A great documentary.”

                             The Nashville Network

               “Convincing...well-filmed, well-edited celebration of wildlife

                Recommended for all ages.”

                             Library Journal

               “This great video is among the best videos I have ever seen.”

                            New York Post

               “Deserves an Oscar.”

                           Marin Independent Journal



Single-handedly, he founded and presided over the 15,000-member Orca Society for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals,  headquartered at University of Washington. Randall conceived and edited the Society´s  popular science magazine, Orca – Whales and Humans, which was widely acclaimed.


                 “Slick, color, Orca purveys information and inspiration about America’s

                  favorite totem, the dolphins and whales.”

                              Co-Evolution Quarterly

                 “As good as it is beautiful.”

                               Whale Protection Fund


 Dr. Eaton conceived, published and edited the interdisciplinary journal, Carnivore: Interfacing Biology, Anthropology and Environmental Studies, the editorial board of which included Oxford´s Nobel laureate, Niko Tinbergen, Harvard´s Pulitzer prize-winning author, Ed Wilson, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet and environmental philosopher, Gary Snyder, and the foremost evolutionary biologists and anthropologists in the world.


              “Quality format, wide-ranging scholarly papers and provocative editorials.”

                             New Magazine Review


Randall Eaton organized a lecture series on The Human/Animal Connection with Gary Snyder, Michael W. Fox and others, and edited the proceedings for publication.  He also organized a lecture series and symposium on Animals as Teachers with Snyder, the original human ecologist, Paul Shepard, and anthroplogist Richard Nelson, among others.


               “The best symposium I have been part of.”

                              Gary Snyder


 Starting in the early l970s, Randall organized and funded a series of four international conferences on the world´s wild cats, their behavior, ecology and conservation, and he edited the proceedings as The World´s Cats.  His efforts led to formation of the IUCN Cat Group (Eaton served on the SSC of the IUCN), to protection of spotted cats from illicit poaching, first in the US then internationally through CITIES. When subsequent studies by himself and others indicated that the leopard was not endangered or threatened in sub-Saharan Africa he led scientific efforts to get the leopard reestablished as a trophy species so as to assist wildlife conservation in third world nations. He conducted the first study of the economic importance of trophy hunting to conservation of wildlife in sub-Saharan Africa.


                  “Tradition of excellence in these volumes.”

                                Animal Behaviour

                  “Among efforts to preserve all cat species are the symposia organized by

                    Eaton...highly recommended.”

                               Quarterly Review of Biology


Dr. Eaton was a cofounder and president of ISCES (Institute for Study and Conservation of Endangered Species), which conducted field studies in Latin America of jaguar, ocelot and maned wolf and which conducted successful propagation programs for endangered



In the mid-80s, he co-founded and directed the Asian Elephant Survival Fouundation. He funded its field investigation of elephants in Nepal. To curtail ivory purchase, the Foundation launched a successful publicity campaign under the theme, “What You Buy Changes the World,” which was adopted by the World Wildlife Fund.


Eaton conceived and directed the Orca Project, a volunteer study of wild orca whales, from l982 to 2010 in Puget Sound and northern British Columbia. Each summer 125 volunteers from North America and UK joined Eaton in the field where they camped, assisted in field observations, cooked meals, caught fish, received instruction in orca/dolphin/whale behavior, intelligence, communication and conservation as well as interaction with humans across time and space. Volunteers also learned about sacred traditions of native peoples and were taught by them.  Eaton and his volunteer crew actually befriended wild orcas in l985, an event heralded in over 250 newspapers in North America.


                  “The most meaningful experience of my life.”

                                  Dr. Michael Schmidt

                  “You offer more bubble gum for the brain than anyone I know.”

                                 Steve Klaven, senior, Western Washington University


From 2005 to 2007, Eaton conducted field research on a new race of orca which he discovered in Costa Rica.


Randall Eaton was a leader in redefining zoo philosophy and goals toward naturalism and social behavior. He conceived the Master Plan for the renovation of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, first in America to be elevated from a class B to a Class A zoo. He conceived, designed, developed, directed and successfully promoted Wildlife Safari in Oregon which received international recognition for being the first zoological center in the western hemisphere to successfully breed the cheetah on a large scale. Located six hours from the closest metro area, professional economic analyses projected 160,000 visitors in the first year of operation of the wildlife park, which actually attracted 300,000. Eaton is convinced that it was his publicity tours including appearances or interviews on every major TV and radio station and newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland and Reno that accounted for the difference.


                    “More than anyone in the world, Randy was responsible during this

                      seminal period in providing leadership to the new philosophy of zoos of

                      all kinds by emphasizing naturalistic environments and meeting the

                      behavioral needs of animals.”

                                James W. Foster, DVM, President, Am. Assoc Zoo Veterinarians

                    “Always been impressed by his creativity, dedication...and excellent

                     understanding of the needs of both people and animals.”

                                David Hancocks, Director, Woodland Park Zoo


Eaton co-produced and wrote the script for the world’s first self-guided tape tour for Lion Country Safari and later for the safari park he directed in Oregon. He was a

planning consultant for Northwest Trek in Washington State, an exhibit design consultant for the St. Louis Zoo and co-conceiver of The Wolf Park. He served on the Conservation Committee of the American Zoo Association. He also was the Director of the Great Basin Zoological Society for which he conceived the plan for a bioregional theme park about the native wildlife, history and cultures of the Great Basin.


For several years Eaton presided over Wildlife World and Dolphin International which conceived, developed and promoted bioregional theme attractions which interfaced history, culture and natural history. Concept and master plans were developed for “Mountain Kingdom” and Desert Kingdom” in Nevada, and for “Mayan Kingdom” in the Yucatan which was developed as “Mundo Maya”near Chichen Itza. Disney World adopted his concepts for their wildlife attraction.


The speech he gave at Game Conservation International alongside Gov. John Connally and actor Jimmy Stewart  was broadcast by CBS TV National News.


                      “It was Dr. Randall L. Eaton of Purdue University who electrified

                        the audience.”  San Antonio Light


The keynote address he gave on “Why hunting is good for bad kids” at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters annual convention resulted in national and international publicity ranging from an appearance on “Canada AM” to interviews on CBC,  BBC Radio worldwide news, in all the national papers of Canada and several Toronto radio stations. Thousands of parents contacted Eaton to know how to get their sons involved in the outdoors.  He has given seminars and/or keynotes at the annual conferences of The Wildlife Society, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Safari Club International, CIC, Mzuri Safari Club, B.C. Wildlife Federation, Florida Outdoor Writers Association, Outdoor Writers Association of America, SEAFWA, Quality Deer Management Association, Southeast Outdoor Press Association,  Western Hunting/Conservation Expo,  Texas Outdoor Writers Association and Ducks Unlimited’s Leadership Conference, California Outdoor Heritage Alliance and Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation among others. He has given commencement addresses in Costa Rica, Wyoming and to the Regenerative Design Institute, Marin County.


He was invited to participate in the White House Conference on the Future of North American Wildlife Policy in October, 2008.


Since July of 2007, Randall has lectured at Furman University, Eastern Kentucky University, Iowa State University, Sul Ross State, Tarleton State, West Virginia University, Utah State, University of Alberta, Sheridan College and its Gillette campus,  Western Wyoming College, Viterbo University and  University of Vermont among others. He also was invited to speak at Humboldt State University;  University of Idaho, Oregon State University; University of Washington, Unity College; California University of Pennsylvania.



 PBS TV´s NOVA interviewed him at the Second CITIES in Berne about endangered species, and he starred in and co-produced an ABC TV News award-winning serial  for children, “Animals, Animals,Animals.” Fox TV National News and CBS Radio national news interviewed him about orca whales. Randall Eaton has been interviewed in Saturday Review, Sports Illustrated, Omni, National Wildlife, LA Times, NY Times, NY Post, SF Examiner, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Oregonian, Eugene Register-Guard, Sacramento Bee, Vancouver Sun, Denver Post, Rocky Mt News, etc., also on NPR, CBC and BBC worldwide news among others.            


                 “Randy Eaton has more camera presence and audience appeal than

                 anyone we’ve worked with on the show.”

                                Jake Haselkorn, Producer, ABC TV National News


Dr. Eaton has lectured widely on college campuses, at zoos, museums and aquariums,  conservation organizations and wilderness/tracking schools. He was named in the year 2000 as Distinguished Conservationist Lecturer by North Carolina State University, and in 2002 as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of Alberta where he became an adjunct faculty member. Randall also has been invited to lecture abroad at National University of Australia and Shanghai East Normal University. In 2007 he delivered the annual Brooks Lecture at West Virginia University.


                   “Dr. Eaton’s keynote address…was terrific…everyone sitting on the edge                         of their seats…there may not be a more dynamic ambassador anywhere

                   for all that is right and good about hunting.”

                                    Stan Kirkland, President, SEOPA

                   “A dynamic and inspiring presentation.”

                                   John J. Jackson, former president of SCI, commenting

                                   on Eaton’s address to delegates from 70 nations, CIC

                                   Convention in Slovenia

                  “Program was great and extremely well received by a very diverse audience

                    ...ability to combine the scientific with the philosophic and make it

                    popular...a very powerful speaker.”

                                    Thane Maynard, Director of Conservation, Cincinnati Zoo

                   “Over the past 15 years I’ve video recorded many well known speakers –

                     Deepok Chopra, John Gray, Ram Dass – but rarely if ever have I heard

                     anyone speak so eloquently.”

                                    Mark Waters, High Country Productions

                   “…drew a large and responsive audience. You had them enthralled and if

                    I had not shut of the discussion, we would have been there until morning.

                   We do a lot of programs but seldom get this kind of enthusiasm.”

                                   David Kathka, Ph.D., Dean, Western Wyoming College


 He was awarded a Sacred Pipe in the Cherokee tradition and has spent much time learning from the Lakota.  He underwent several initiations of the Maya in the Yucatan, where he planned a bioregional theme park and naturalistic dolphinarium. 


Randall´s education includes a B.A. in biology, minors in psychology and philosophy, a M.S. in ethology (animal behavior), and a Ph.D. in ethology and wildlife ecology from Purdue University. He also conducted graduate study at Oxford University under Nobel-laureate Niko Tinbergen and received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in African Big Game Ecology and Behavior at University of Nairobi. He undertook a three-year postdoctoral study in sociobiology at University of Washington. His theories on the central role hunting, competition with large predators and trophy hunting has had in evolution of human social behavior have been praised by foremost biologists Richard Alexander and Edward O. Wilson, among others. He also wrote a new theory on the origin of art as trophyism which has been recognized by foremost thinkers in human evolution and anthropology.


Grants written and received, over $1,400,000, from World Wildlife Fund,  International Union for Conservation of Nature, Walker and Lee Foundation, Owings Foundation, National Institutes of Mental Health,  Lion Country Safari, Pope and Young, Conservation Force, Shikar-Safari Club, Safari Club International, Winston, Oregon Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Humanities Council, University of Washington Graduate School, Mzuri Safari Club Foundation, FNAWS, Dallas Safari Club, Threshold

Foundation (Do-Nuts), etc.


Grant review:  NSF; NIH; NIMH; National Geographic Society; World Wildlife Fund.


Papers read at professional meetings:AAAS symposium; American Society Mammalogists; AOU; Wildlife Society; American Psychological Assoc.; AAZPA; Endangered Species Symposium; etc. 2l to date.


Service:  Board of Directors, Oregon Museum Science and Industry; Board of Douglas County Red Cross; Conservation Committee, American Association Zoos; IUCN Cat Group; Advisor to Conservation Force; Leader, Wildlife Biology Explorer Troop; Basketball Coach, Country Day School; Wyoming Humanities Council.


Other experience: deckhand, lifeguard, collegiate athlete, seasonal ranger-naturalist in Grand Teton National Park, competitive powerlifter, fitness director and personal trainer, Wildlife Biologist, heading up team study of status of marine shoreland fauna; Field Biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, wood duck study; deer checker for Illinois and Missouri Departments of Conservation.


Randall Eaton has recently completed From Boys to Men of Heart. He is convinced that authentic rites of passage for adolescent males are critically important for the recovery of a sane society and a healthy planet.


                   “From Boys to Men of Heart is a penetrating and masterful piece of

                    scholarship that interweaves at least a dozen disciplines into a profound

                    theory of male development.”

                                  Michael Gurian, best-selling author of The Wonder of Boys


On behalf of Wildlore, Randall mentored people in Europe and North America in nature connection.


He inspired and is Senior Advisor to HEFTY: Hunter Education for Troubled Youth, to which the courts in Wyoming are sending juvenile offenders. In 2010, the Wyoming School for Boys (juvenile offenders)  approved HEFTY as a program, and recently the Municipal Courts of Denver assigned over 240 adolescent boys to the program. HEFTY has been opened to kids not in trouble. Two public school districts have adopted it, and it has spread in two years to six states and now has 67 instructors.   


Randall Eaton has survived the above, and is in excellent health and spirits. His loves include the cetaceans, the larger felines, fishing, gardening, hunting, mythology, indigenous wisdom, poetry, pumping iron, his sons, Drake and Robb, teaching, travel and wilderness. He likes people.


References from colleagues, former students, mentees and field research volunteers available on request.


Phone 513-394-0284 or contact randalllewiseaton@gmail.com. www.randalleaton.com.





 Administrative, Management and Leadership Experience



At Western Illinois University, I was President of Beta, Beta, Beta, the Honorary Biological Sciences Society, which sponsored the Audubon Screen tour on campus where we actively promoted the Wilderness Bill.


Graduate School

My first year of graduate study at the University of Washingotn, I founded and presided over the Conservation, Education and Action Council with graduate students and faculty from 11 academic departments. We actively promoted the Wilderness Bill and successfully led a campaign to save the Pike Street Market. We brought Senator Scoop Jackson, cosponsor of the Wilderness Bill, to the University of Washington campus and organized a press conference resulting in media coverage throughout Puget Sound.


Intercollegiate Athletics

Elected Captain of basketball team, University of Nairobi, Kenya, where I also competed

in track and field; elected Captain of Purdue’s power-lifting team.


International Conferences Organized Have Global Impact

While a graduate student at Purdue I conceived, organized, funded and promoted

The First International Conference on the World’s Cats at Laguna Hills, CA, with

presentations by 30 scientific authorities and 300 people representing agencies and

NGOs globally. The conference resolutions, post-mortems I led in Washington,

D.C., public speaking tours and popular writing led directly to legislation in the U.S. and ultimately internationally that protected spotted cats and tigers from illicit poaching for the fur industry. It gave birth to World Wildlife Fund’s Project Tiger and formation of the Cat Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) of which I was a member. I edited and published the proceedings, and over the following six years convened two more conferences and edited and published their proceedings. I managed

the conference, wrote grant proposals to cover travel of foreign scientists, conducted

press/media interviews, managed budget, promoted book sales. 1971-77.


Organized Nationally Televised Fashion Show

To publicize the plight of spotted cats worldwide I solicited the assistance of

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward to help organize a fashion show which featured

dyed mink coats that were exact replicas of wild cat hides. Mary Tyler Moore,

Angie Dickinson, Doris Day and other stars modeled the coats. Cleveland

Amory narrated the nationally televised broadcast. 1972.


Launched and Directed Endangered Species Foundation

While teaching at the University of Georgia I launched, funded and successfully

promoted and directed ISCES (Institute for the Study and Conservation of Endangered

Species) which conducted field studies of the status of jaguar, ocelot and maned wolf

in Latin America. We also exposed illicit smuggling of endangered species by a ring

of U.S.Customs agents. ISCES undertook successful propagation programs

for the endangered red wolf and cheetah. I hired and trained staff, supervised field

research, wrote grant proposals, conducted media/press interviews, wrote press releases,

managed budgets. 1972-77.


Planned, Directed and Successfully Promoted Theme Park

While writing my doctoral thesis I conceived, designed, developed, staffed, successfully

promoted and directed Wildlife Safari in Oregon, a drive-through wildlife park featuring

Asian and African wildlife. Described by Sports Illustrated as the best attraction of its

Kind, it consistently received high marks in the national press and from leaders in the zoo field. Economic projections based on established market penetration rates of comparable theme attractions indicated a visitation in the first year of 160,000 people. The park was located six hours from the Bay area, five hours from Portland. I conducted publicity tours

with as many as 24 interviews in 48 hours in the Bay area, Sacramento, Reno, Portland and Seattle, resulting in 300,000 visitors the first year. Comparable attractions spent 25% of their gate revenues on promotion; we spent 12.5%.


Six months after I arrived in Oregon we had developed the park from the ground

up: signage; roads; utilities; fences; acquired animal collection; constructed buildings;

staffed and trained personnel; and, opened the park in record time.

Under my direction the park set new standards for exhibition, education, research

and conservation including the first successful propagation program in the Western

hemisphere for the endangered cheetah. . Olivia Newton John was featured in an American Sportsman TV program about the park’s cheetah breeding program.  I managed the PR department, supervised 60 employees, supervised construction, wrote development and operating budgets, P & L. Interfaced the park with agencies, NGOs, press and media, community life, public schools, higher education and scientific research. I was a member of the Graduate Faculty of Zoology at Oregon State University and taught animal behavior classes at the park. I convened the Second International Conference on the World’s Cats at the park, and edited and published the proceedings. 1972 & 73..


Conceived Master Plan for Woodland Park Zoo

Pursuing postdoctoral training at University of Washington I also taught in the

Zoo Animal Behavior Program, and served as a planning consultant for the master

plan and renovation of Woodland Park Zoo. The zoo adopted the exhibition themes I

proposed: naturalism and social behavior. It was the first in American history to be

elevated from a Class B to Class A zoo. 1974-75.


Team Leader

In conjunction with postdoctoral training at U.W. I was hired for two years as Team Leader to conduct a survey on the status of marine fauna for the WA Depts. of Game and

Ecology. I supervised the research of four biologists and assembled and edited the

two-volume report. 1975-76.


Developed and Directed Orca Society and Popular Science Magazine

While teaching in wildlife and fisheries at U.W. I conceived, funded, directed and successfully promoted the Orca Society for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals, a non-profit corporation. We created two field stations where I taught and mentored student interns, and I edited the Society’s popular science whale magazine, Orca: Marine Mammals and Humans. Within six months of inception the Society had 15,000 members. Hired and trained staff, managed PR and did much public speaking and

media/press interviews, wrote grant proposals, and managed production of the magazine which received high marks internationally. 1978-81.


Developed, Edited and Published Scholarly Journal

The same year I conceived, launched and funded an interdisciplinary scholarly journal,

Carnivore: Interfacing Biology, Anthropology and Environmental Studies. The editorial

Board included the leading evolutionary biologists, anthropologists and environmentalists

in the world, e.g., Nobel laureate Niko Tinbergen, Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward

O. Wilson and Pulitzer prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, among others. Hired and supervised staff, successfully promoted journal worldwide, solicited manuscripts,

sold advertising, P&L. 1978-87.


Co-Organizer of Pivotal Whale Conference at Smithsonian

In 1979, I cooperated with the IWC (International Whaling Commission) to organize an international conference entitled, The Behavior and Intelligence of Cetaceans and the Ethicsof Killing Them. The internationally known speakers I invited (Michael W. Fox, Wade Doak, John Lilly, etc.) were influential in generating the first global protection for the great whales. 1979 & 80.


Chairman of Natural Sciences

As Chairman of Natural Sciences at Old College-Reno, I hired and supervised faculty,

taught classes and promoted the College. The review process for my nomination to the

status of full professor indicated that I had generated more publicity (minutes on

radio and TV and inches of copy in major press) than the rest of the college and law

school faculties combined. I served on the accreditation committee and also designed

a curriculum in Environmental Studies. I also conceived, organized and funded a lecture

series on The Human/Animal connection with luminaries including Gary Snyder and Michael W. Fox, and I edited and published the proceedings. Then I organized and funded a series of lectures and a symposium on Animals as Teachers with human ecologist, Paul Shepard, Gary Snyder, anthropologist Richard Nelson and others. 1981-86.


President and Director, Great Basin Zoological Society

While teaching at Old College, I was elected President of the Great Basin Zoological

Society for which I developed a master plan and business plan for the Great Basin

Wildlife Park. I assembled a world class board of advisors including James W. Foster,

DVM, Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder, and animal welfarist, Michael W. Fox.

I organized monthly programs for the public, generated much media/press coverage

in northern Nevada,  supervised volunteer staff, and presented plans for approval to agencies. 1982-85.


Developed and Directed Long Term Volunteer Field Research Program

While teaching at Old College I conceived, launched and successfully promoted

the Orca Project as a volunteer field research organization which conducted studies

in the summer of orca behavior in British Columbia and Puget Sound. In l985 we

befriended wild orcas in B.C., an event heralded in over 250 newspapers in North

America. The Project continued until 2010 and has been widely publicized in the

international press, national TV and radio, e.g., I was interviewed six times on Coast

to Coast AM, with an audience of 20 million, also on CBS radio national news,

Fox TV National News and so on. I hired and trained staff, attracted volunteers

through publicity appearances and press releases, acquired sponsors of field

equipment, lectured internationally about the project, wrote a book about it and

produced a TV production, “Orca: The Sacred Whale,” which received first place

among natural history broadcasts in 2000. l982-2010.


Launched and Managed Elephant Survival Foundation

In l985 I co-conceived, launched, funded, directed and successfully promoted

the Asian Elephant Survival Foundation which publicized the plight of

the Asian elephant and discouraged ivory purchase with the theme, “What

you buy changes the world.” I attracted to the board luminaries including Pulitzer prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, veterinarian James W. Foster, animal welfarist Michael W. Fox and Ken Wilber. I wrote grants for and directed field studies of elephants in Nepal.

World Wildlife Fund adopted our theme and mission, a blessing for the elephants.

1985 & 86.


Directed Planning/Development Corporation for Bioregional Theme Attraction

In 1987 I conceived, launched, staffed, funded and directed Wildlife

World and Dolphin International which designed and developed bioregional

theme attractions in Mexico including Mayan Kingdom (Mundo Maya)

and a naturalistic dolphinarium. I attracted investors, hired, trained and supervised

staff, retained leaders in planning and engineering, Mayan culture, veterinary medicine, and marketing, supervised planning staff, wrote business plans and master plans, presented plans to government agencies, etc. Managed budgets and P & L. 1987-93.


Publishing and Production Company

In l994 I conceived, staffed, directed and promoted Sacred Press and Sacred Productions,

which published several books and produced several award-winning TV productions.

I authored two of the books and produced and directed five TV documentary productions, one of which was aired on PBS, another on The Nashville Network. “The Sacred Hunt:

Hunting as a Spiritual Path,” received 11 awards and became the all-time, top-selling

production about hunting. Marty Stouffer did the wildlife filming, Ted Nugent the

music. “Orca:The Sacred Whale” won first place among natural history broadcasts

in 2000. I hired and supervised office staff and field production crews, supervised

printing and post-production, successfully promoted books and DVDs via press

releases, lectures and media/press interviews. Wrote business plans and managed

P & L. 1994-2005.


Founder and Director, Gold Coast College

In conjunction with field studies on orca whales in Costa Rica, I founded

and directed Gold Coast College, a proprietary school for adult education. I negotiated

a contract with an American private school for evening and weekend classrooms,

attracted qualified instructors to teach a variety of courses ranging from dressage

(off campus) to natural history of Guanacaste, English and drawing on the left side of the

brain, organized class schedules, promoted and publicized the program and managed

the budget. 2005-2007.


Professional Speaking

After spending two years in Costa Rica studying a new culture of orcas I

returned to Ohio owing to my wife’s serious illness. I authored From Boys

to Men of Heart, about rites of passage, and lectured professionally, taught

workshops and presented numerous keynote addresses in the U.S. and Canada , including university campuses, conservation and outdoor press organizations, nature centers and wilderness/tracking schools. I promoted these programs via publicity on the web, and also am registered with the Gail Davis speaker’s agency.  2007-present.


Founder and Director, Dolphin and Whale Society

 I continued the Orca Project through the summer of 2010 and the same year launched the Dolphin and Whale Society.  I assembled a distinguished advisory board of authors, scientists, writers and photographers, promoted the Society via the web, solicited manuscripts and interviews from luminaries including Four Arrows aka Don T. Jacobs, a a leader in indigenous wisdom, and Rupert Sheldrake of Cambridge University, described by Deepok Chopra as the Darwin-Einstein of our time, and supervised staff. 2010-present. Visit:










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