STEPHEN R. PALUMBI is a Professor of Biology, based at Stanford’s marine lab in Monterey. He has used genetic detective work to identify whales for sale in retail markets, and is genetically mapping corals resistant to climate change.

Steve’s latest book for non-scientists is about the amazing species in the sea, written with Steve’s son and novelist Anthony. The Extreme Life of the Sea tells you about the fastest species in the sea, and hottest, coldest, oldest etc. Steve started the video production company Short Attention Span Science Theatre, and appears in many films and TV series about the sea.

Lately he has been sitting in as bass player for the Seattle rock band Direct Divide when they can’t find anyone without grey hair!


He presented to our local students at the Student Ideas Festival.