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.
Recent blog post
This essay should be of great interest during the coronavirus pandemic. But I wrote it before the pandemic began, based on reading a book written in 1965.
I first discovered the scientific principles of the evolution of disease by reading the Rene Dubos classic Man Adapting. ... And it was even later that I began to read some of the many wonderful books about altruism. But it was only recently that I noticed the connection between the two. ...
BooksScientifically Thinking: How to Liberate Your Mind, Solve the World's Problems, and Embrace the Beauty of Science
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2018.
Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
New York: Facts on File, 2011.
Life of Earth: Portrait of a Beautiful, Middle-Aged, Stressed-Out Planet
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2011.
Green Planet - Now in paperback & Kindle ebook!
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Encyclopedia of Evolution
New York: Facts on File, 2007
Mostly photos of nature, many illustrating evolution
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)
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.
Click here for information about discounted or complimentary desk copies and examination copies of books used as textbooks, from Random House Academic Services.
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
srice at se dot edu