Born July 1943, I attended Houston Elementary and Austin High School in El Paso. While attending Texas Western College (UTEP), I married Donna Moore. After college graduation in 1965, we moved to Austin where I earned my Masters and Ph.D. (1968 and 1971) at UT. Donna worked as a legal secretary and as a court reporter assistant. Our son was born in 1968. I started as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Trinity University in 1971. Donna graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity. Our son is also a Trinity graduate.
When I teach, one of my main goals is to shift students' emphasis from looking for specific answers to asking themselves how the material fits within theoretical expectations. I also emphasize how specific knowledge integrates with other aspects of biology, giving them an important perspective on the interconnectedness of the biological approach.