On March 11, 2004, a team of scientists led by Dr. William F. Gilly
from Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California, embarked upon
a 73-foot fishing boat to retrace the historic expedition that
John Steinbeck and Edward F. "Doc" Ricketts made to explore
the Sea of Cortez in 1940. Their journey was immortalized in a
book they wrote together, The Log
from the Sea of Cortez, still a popular and accessible paperback.
Jon Christensen, a science writer and Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose
State University, travelled with the current expedition and posted
a daily log of the journey online. At various sites along the way,
students and teachers in Baja California joined the expedition
for a day of studying life in the tide pools.
Teachers and students everywhere are invited to explore the connections
between science, literature, history, the environment, conservation,
and our oceans through resources and links below.