About Me

My name is William Graham. But, people call me Bill. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in Mexico for 35 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever-growing passion for how everything in Nature is interdependent. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in Mexico and mentor talented youth.

This blog and my web site were originally created as a repository for my work as a university professor and researcher. The information was meant to be accessible primarily to graduate students and teachers of the environmental sciences. In the course of writing a text on the subject of patterns in Nature, it became clear to me that everything in the universe is composed of dynamic systems that are interrelated with other dynamic systems. This idea was counter to what I had been trained to think about as a scientist with a Western world view. To early Western science, everything was described with mathematical “laws” and a reductionist world view. But, I grew to realize that this was incomplete. Complex systems, such as the world’s ecosystems, are best described in terms of their organizing principles and how they are interdependent with other complex dynamic systems.

I also grew to appreciate that Nature and its patterns can speak to us in three different ways — sometimes simultaneously. On the first encounter, Nature usually appeals to our aesthetic appreciation of beauty. Nature then calls upon our spiritual centers as we begin to appreciate how everything depends on everything else. And then, Nature speaks to us in factual terms that can sometimes be analyzed. These ideas have brought about a profound change in my thinking about how Nature exists. And certainly, these ideas seem to be different than those expressed in any book I have read on patterns in Nature.

So, I changed the focus of my work to express this change in my worldview. My writings, including my blog posts and eBooks, now strongly emphasize that Nature is composed of interconnected and interdependent systems. My words speak through the aesthetic, the spiritual, and the analytic voices of Nature. My photography seeks to portray the contemplative joy of Nature’s abstract patterns as well as the connectivity and energy that are part of these patterns.

As you read my blog posts, you are encouraged to participate in a dialog with me by offering your thoughts and ideas in the comments sections at the end of each blog post. Or, you are free to contact me via email using the form below.

You are strongly encouraged to become one of my 11,000+ followers on Twitter. My Twitter ID is @ballenamar .  With Twitter, in addition to receiving daily Tweets that announce my essays, you will see when I retweet something that I have read and that I think is important.


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