About Dr. Abalone


At home, near Trinidad, California with Baxter.

I’m a marine biologist and college professor living in Northern California who started surfing in San Diego in 1970. Although I was born in California I have lived in five western states — California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Idaho — and Virginia. As an ecologist I primarily write scholarly scientific research articles on coral reefs, the marine aquarium trade, deep-sea invertebrates, and climate change. In my spare time I blog about surfing, marine biology, and the US west coast / Hawaiian life styles as well as reflections on life as a Navy brat and general philosophical issues. Although I primarily love to write about the past, particularly the 1960s and 1970s, my interests are broad and include science fiction, history (including military history), paleontology, astronomy, philosophy, photography and cinematography, and the history of discovery. My other passions are good grinds, mostly BBQ, which you might see here as well.

My goal is to write from a personal perspective about scientific topics — distilled from the primary research literature — on current and relevant subjects and make them accessible to non-scientific readers. As such I conduct a fair amount of research on each post. Since this isn’t my primary job it takes time to conduct the background work and I aim for new posts every week or two. Some take significantly longer.  Some of my posts start with music and video clips: the intention is to listen/watch these first then read the post. Mood is important and this form of introduction provides a context for my writings as it does for my videos on YouTube.

BT Surfing Doctors 2015

Dr Abalone (Brian Tissot) at the Surfing Medicine Conference, Anglet/Biarritz – Pays Basque, France, Oct. 2015.

Please read Here’s the Deal to learn about me and my blog. If you are interested in science and marine biology check out my Benthic Ecology Laboratory at Humboldt State University. Comments on any and all posts are very appreciated as are suggestions for ideas.

Aloha — Brian

P.S. You can reach me at brian.tissot@gmail.com.

  1 comment for “About Dr. Abalone

  1. June 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox Brian. I hope you have found lots to entertain you and perhaps made some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for some time check it out again! Good luck with your fascinating and distinctive blog. Regards Thom.

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