Art and Science of Nature

Understanding the Beauty of the Natural World


Art & Science of Nature (ASN) aims to bring together in one Blog the most beautiful and fascinating aspects of the natural world using the foundations of science and sociology to enable a better understanding and appreciation of nature.

Bolma girgylla - Philippines - 52mm.  Photo:Richard L. Goldberg

Bolma girgylla - Philippines - 52mm. Photo:Richard L. Goldberg

The Phylum Mollusca is the main focus of ASN, but is only one of many earthy topics to be explored.

Art & Science of Nature was conceived and is written by Richard L. Goldberg of Columbia, Maryland, USA. Richard is a television writer-producer by profession, but a conchologist by desire.PhotogFor the past 35 years he has been actively involved in the hobby and science of shell collecting, was a past president of the Conchologists of America, Inc., and edited their quarterly publication American Conchologist in the days when it was called the COA Bulletin.

Richard was also a guest on the Martha Stewart Living television show in early 2004 to discuss conchology and show Martha’s viewers some of truly exotic shells from around the world.Rich-MarthaHis travels for collecting and photographing shells have taken him all over the West Indies, the Pacific and Mediterranean Oceans. A number of his photographs have appeared in books and journals, and he has written numerous popular articles on marine and land shells in mainstream conchological publications.GaeotusNigrolineataRichard’s slide presentations are well known at shell clubs around the U.S. He wrote, produced and directed the first dedicated TV magazine program dealing with conchology.

His long term interest, study and financial support of field research of Amphidromus, a South East Asian group of tropical land shells, led to a new species of Amphidromus from Atauro Island, Indonesia being named for him.

Amphidromus richardi Severns, 2006 - a series of paratypes.

Amphidromus richardi Severns, 2006 - a series of paratypes.

Art & Science of Nature is yet the next phase of Richard’s desire to communicate to the public about the fascinating natural world beyond our backyards.

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