At least it feels like I’ve had a baby (I can sense any mothers reading this rolling their eyes at the cluelessness of this analogy). Only the gestation time for this little bundle has been more than four years. What a relief to be finished with the labor . . .
It’s a bouncing newborn book, now available from Oxford University Press. So hot off the presses that Amazon only has it for pre-order. Not to worry — you don’t have to camp out to get one or anything. I doubt that J.K. Rowling is biting her nails about the competition. But ours is a different calling. As the late Steven Jay Gould once said about his research on obscure Bahamian land snails, “There are only eight people in the world that care about this, but those eight people really care!” I like to think that we have a few more than eight people in our audience — heck, there are more than twice that many authors that contributed to this baby. Martin and I couldn’t be more proud.
By way of explanation, stalking the secret lives of tropical shrimp is one of the several faces of my schizophrenic scientific personality. I bet you didn’t even know shrimp have social lives. Well they do, some of them anyway. Heck, some of them have better social lives than I did during certain stretches of graduate school (that all changed, fortunately). It’s all there, in the book, along with lots of other amazing but true stuff about the bizarre ways that crustaceans make their ways in the world. And if you are disinclined to shell out the $59.50 pricetag, I have posted some FREE photos, references, and teaching resources on these beautiful and fascinating creatures here.
Now, if you’ll pardon me, I’m off in search of cigars.