Jon Kastendiek is a Professor Emeritus in the Biology Department of James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA. He received his B.A. in Zoology from UCLA in 1970 and his Ph. D in marine ecology from UCLA in 1975. His published research has been in the fields of behavioral, population, and community ecology, He has conducted his research in a number of marine and terrestrial environments including coral reefs, kelp forests, subtidal soft sediments, temporate forests and under Antarctic sea ice. He is also interested in human impacts on the environment and has studied the effects of a nuclear power station on its local marine biota. At JMU he teaches courses in ecology, evolution and invertebrate zoology. He has been nominated three times by his department for his college’s Distinguished Teacher Award.