Welcome to Superoceras, a blog about science and natural history, slightly biased towards paleontology and zoology, but inclusive of all sciences. Started in October of 2009, my goal is to communicate scientific knowledge (and the occasional piece of nonsense) in an informative and entertaining manner. Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or criticism at superoceras(at)gmail(dot)com, and follow me on Twitter @Superoceras for all that and more in 140 characters or less!

My Natural History

Photo © J. Merck, 2006.
Hey everyone! I'm David Tana, and this is my blog, Superoceras.  Want to know more?  Well here you go.

Born and raised in the "Old Line State", I spent my childhood in museums, aquariums, zoos, parks, backyards and books learning as much as I could about the living world around me.  That would eventually lead me to the University of Maryland, College Park, where I received my bachelors degree in biological anthropology and minor in geology (with a focus in Earth history).  I was fortunate enough to have been a student in the College Park Scholars Earth, Life, and Time program (now the Science and Global Change program), where my interest in science and nature was fostered in incredible new ways.  I've had the opportunity to take part in field studies in both the Galápagos Islands and the state of Arizona, as well as local sites on the east coast.  I am a member of the refounded UMCP Geology Club, and a student member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology on the SVP Student and Post-Doctoral Liaison Committee.  I also do a bit of volunteer work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Friends of the National Zoo.

I currently work for the University of Maryland, which has provided me with many additional post-baccalaureate opportunities.  I have had pleasure of working with the College Park Scholars as a "Friend of Scholars" for service day events and field trips.  I have also served as a Staff Advisor for the Alternative Break Program on five service-learning trips; one to Boston that focused on sustainability and urban agriculture, three throughout the Chesapeake Bay area that focused on watershed restoration, and one to Blue Spring State Park, Florida that focused on environmental conservation and ecotourism.

I'm currently taking graduate courses part time and hope to eventually enter a program and complete my M.S. and Ph.D.  I'm interested in native wildlife, paleontology, evolution and systematics, comparative anatomy/morphology, zoology, marine biology, biological anthropology/primatology, conservation biology, ecology, and sustainability.  That might seem all over the place, but it all boils down to a passion for natural history that I've had my entire life.  If anyone knows of any opportunities that might be of interest to myself or my readers, or wants to reach me with any questions, comments, or concerns about the blog, I can be contacted at superoceras (at) gmail (dot) com, and found on Twitter (@Superoceras), Facebook (David Tana), Google+ (David Tana), LinkedIn (David Tana), and Instagram (@davidtana)

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