A Quiet Stand of Alders

"The alder, whose fat shadow nourisheth
All set neere to him long flourisheth."   — William Browne, c. 1613

Photo of an alder by the river

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.
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Cover of the book 'Scientifically Thinking' Scientifically Thinking: How to Liberate Your Mind, Solve the World's Problems, and Embrace the Beauty of Science

Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2018.

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Cover of the book 'Encyclopedia of Biodiversity' Encyclopedia of Biodiversity

New York: Facts on File, 2011.

Cover of the book '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)

Cover of the book 'Green Planet' Green Planet - Now in paperback & Kindle ebook!

New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009.

Cover of the book 'Encyclopedia of Evolution' Encyclopedia of Evolution

New York: Facts on File, 2007


Mostly photos of nature, many illustrating evolution

A few sealions laying down in the shade of a cactus


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.


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