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(Updated this page extensively 1 & 9 Nov. 09)
Links to my other activities
Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc. (my small company)
greengov.biz (energy consulting firm, in which I'm an available technical expert)
LinkedIn.com (professional social network)
Climate Change Media Partnership (climate change experts' group for media interviews)
bestthinking.com (syndicator of content provided by identity-verified experts)
Las Cruces Academy, Inc. (I'm secretary/treasurer of this small, private, non-profit school, emphazising math, science, and languages for gifted and advanced children)
New career activities:
•• As of January, 2008, I retired early from NMSU as a Prof. Emeritus. I still advise 3 graduate students who are finishing their Ph. D. degrees with me. I'm also library liaison for the Dept. of Biology. I continue to write scientific articles and to review for major national and international journals (9 different journals in plant ecology, agricultural meteorology, botany, geophysics, and chemical physics, plus membership on the Nature reader panel in 2009). I just finished my stint reviewing for the National Science Foundation on their Graduate Research Fellowship Program (6 times).
• Two activities that fill the majority of my life now:
• •The Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc. I co-founded this in 2007 with my wife, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, and I act as the director. It is a Web-based consultancy with a novel business plan. Scientists with diverse fields of expertise join as members. Keeping their day jobs, they can agree to work in a team, on their own time, on any individual contract offered by a client (among corporations, agencies, NGOs, foundations). This work capitalizes on my many contacts in diverse scientific fields over my career. We aim at cost-effective, socially responsible solutions, open-source whenever possible.
started small. We completed a contract
on control of pollutant dispersal for BP
• The Las Cruces Academy, Inc. My wife, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, along with two other founding board members, founded this non-profit private school in 2007. It emphasizes math, science, and languages - all students learn English, Chinese, and Spanish. The first classes began in August, 2009, in rented space that we renovated, with 13 (now 15) students in grades K-4. The business plan is to expand by at least 1 grade per year, until we reach pre-K - 12 levels on a permanent campus. I am secretary/treasurer, taking care of bookkeeping, business plans, business transactions, and legal requirements.
* Plant resource use (water use, drought physiology and ecology, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis) and evolved strategies of resource use
* Global change biology, and extreme events as shaping physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants
* Applying quantitative computer models - physiological, biophysical, chemical - to processes in plants, soil, and the atmosphere. I use these to predict plant performance, atmospheric fluxes, and more, and to guide the monitoring of plant-soil-atmosphere processes by field measurements or by remote sensing. My approach to modelling is detailed on a related website, where you'll find my philosophy of modelling, my classification of diverse types of mathematical models, and files (PDF, text, ...) or links to files with my own models.
My background is in chemical physics,