Ecologist at Work: Ben Abbott

In the French countryside just south and west of Mont Saint-Michel my son Ben and his colleagues at the University of Rennes are monitoring and evaluating a set of streams running through agricultural land. Last week I had the pleasure of working as Ben’s Assistant principal de recherche for one 12-hour day.

ben bridge ben syringe   ben samples

Did I mention he is a good cook too. Here is the Breton galette he made for me the evening I arrived:

galette

And I did a little barbed-wire research on the side.

bw with hay

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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