Science is the process of understanding the world around and within the individual based on repeatable observations. The more precise and accurate the observations the better the science. The better the science the better the predictions based on the observations. In the process of developing an understanding based on science, models are created which help the individual or team to understand and explore the dynamics of the observations on some whole bit of reality. The term “model” has a wide range of meanings. We developed a Model Integrated Pest Management System in Berkeley and validated it in a series of San Francisco Bay Area cities, and later extended it to many other institutions and to other geographical areas. We think the model we developed in pest control has many other applications in the world and in other ecosystems beyond urban and agriculture. The detailed process of how this model was developed and the observational data it is based on are covered in the following documents.
Our scientific careers in Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management is documented on this website to present what we learned about pest control and some of our ecological projects with the hope it can still be useful to others. Also included are documents related to our search to find an organizational framework so we could work together as a couple. It is also a means to acknowledge the people who saw the same vision and helped us create these projects, including our colleagues who worked on our board, many volunteers, staff, and many government and foundation project officers, friends and family. In excess of 20 GB of written materials is presented here, other documentation of potential interest is also presented on the Blog, Entomological Philosophy.
For ease of access I have divided this documentation into the following areas each of which is briefly described. The type of documentation ranges from pencil notes to outlines, drafts of letters and articles, published and unpublished articles, proposals, manuals, booklets, brochures, fliers, reports to funding sources, letters from contracting officers and their agents, and a wide variety of other sources of information necessary to manage our organizations.
Two organizations we worked within we formed or help form: BIRC (the Bio Integral Resource Center) and the Farallones Institute (FI). We also helped form the Ecology Center in Berkeley then the first in the US. We also contributed to three other non-profits, University of California, Berkeley Campus, Division of Biological Control (within the Entomology Department), the Ecology Center in Berkeley, CA (the first in the nation) and CIAS (the Center for the Integration of Applied Sciences), part of the John Muir Institute (JMI). Comments appear at times in various collections to further explain the significance of some particular documentation.