Allan Schoenherr

Discipline: Biology

Dr. Schoenherr is an emeritus Professor of Ecology at Fullerton College in southern California. He was voted “Teacher of the Year” in 2000. He also has taught a variety of ecology classes at the University of California, Irvine, and California State University at Fullerton. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Southern California, and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. A recognized authority on California, he is the author of two major books on the state. A Natural History of California (University of California Press, 1992) is a 772-page compendium on the plants, animals, and geology of California. Natural History of the Islands of California (University of California Press, 1999), is a 491 page discussion of all the islands of California including those in San Francisco Bay. A new book entitled Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County (Laguna Wilderness Press, 2011) is now in book stores. An accomplished nature photographer, he has provided the photographs to illustrate his books and he has received two awards for his images of California Gray Whales. A lover of the outdoors, he has traveled, hiked, and photographed all over the world. He has been the naturalist on many shipboard excursions including trips to Iceland, Greenland, Russia, Alaska, the Arctic and the Antarctic, the lagoons of Baja California, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. As a biology professor on the Semester at Sea program he has three times traveled around the world teaching marine biology and ecology. He was the coordinator of Global Studies on the Spring ‘09 voyage.