April 14 1961, Alan
is a biologist, who graduated from UCSB subcollege CCS with
an emphasis graduate level biology research.
has an interest in exobiology and evolutionary biology now
for nearly 30 years.
what Alan has to say about himself :
I have my AA degree from the mostly minority College at the
City of Oxnard California. I attended Humboldt State University
and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara
sub college Creative Studies, emphasis graduate level biology
I am American, USAF veteran (enlisted for cryptographic calibration,
honorably discharged), I speak English and Spanish, am of
mixed European ancestry. I have lived in China (PRC), Ukraine,
Mexico, and Canada.
My parents lived in and met in saudi Arabia, where both my
grandfathers worked. My fathers father spoke fluent Arabic,
and was muslim so far as I can tell. My mother, Leah Van Arsdale
(Levitt, her husband is the son of the former head cartoonist
for Walt Disney), is an attorney with her own practice in
California. My father is a computer scientist / mathematician,
UCLA graduate, was a weapons scientist and professor of mathematics
I am a professional numismatist, published on ancient Indian
coins in the ONS newsletter, and founder of the CFDL with
924 members (the largest group in the World about the control
of fake and altered ancient coins, it is on yahoo egroups).
I make my living selling on the internet, especially eBay.
I live in Ogden Utah, am currently married, and have a store
in Ogden Utah (which I have not opened much yet).
I was one of the first to find diagenetically unaltered microtektites,
and the only person to ever find them in a terrestrial sediment
(Allesandro Montanari of the Alvarez team, at UC Berkeley,
worked on these).
work in terrestrial mammalian field paleontology, includes
the longest temporal sequence of conformably superimposed
mammalian faunules known (Caliente and related formations,
in California), the most species from a Neogene terrestrial
vertebrate location, and some of the largest collections of
fossil mice and squirrels (pre Pleistocene), in existance
(at LACM and SBNHM).
I wrote my (unpublished) PhD dissertation on Sciurid evolutionary
history and dental morphology (Sciurids are squirrels, I do
not have a PhD, but did write a dissertation).
I have also written a paper considered advanced and serious
in sediementary geology.
I once owned 40 acres in remote Northern Ventura Co. California,
without power or phone, where I did organic farming. The land
had not previously been used for agriculture, and now has
hundreds of fruit trees which I planted there, I lived there
for four years.
My interests are diverse, my majors have included, as a senior,
mathematics and geology (I changed majors twice). I have spent
many years observing nature, often living in very remote places,
such as in Western Montana and California.
Copyright © 2004 Alan