Brad Balukjian says he never grew up. When he was six, he ran around the woods collecting bugs and putting them in jars. Now he does it for a living. Brad teaches BIOL 29, “Biology of the Living World,” a course for non-majors on all of the amazing plants, animals, and other organisms that cover our planet; a new course he created, BIOL 62S, “The Natural History of the Islands of California;” and he is director of the new interdepartmental program he developed, Natural History and Sustainablity, starting in Fall 2018. He has a bachelor’s degree in island biogeography from Duke University and a Ph.D. in entomology from UC Berkeley. In addition to teaching at Merritt, Brad is a freelance science journalist and has published over 100 articles in National Geographic, Discover, Rolling Stone, and several others. Check out bradbalukjian.com for more information.